Dead OS Walking: Microsoft Sold Just 1.2 Million Phones Last Quarter

Microsoft doesn’t really talk much about Windows 10 Mobile these days and it is easy to see why. The company hasn’t explicitly mentioned its sales in the last fiscal quarter of 2016, but did mention selling 13.8 million smartphones during the year.

Since we know that the company has sold 5.8, 4.5 and 2.3 million phones in the first three quarters, we also know that sales trickled down to just 1.2 million units in the last quarter.

It also mentions that the phone revenue fell by $4.2 billion or 56 percent, in its SEC filing. As for non-smartphones, it sold 75.5 million of those throughout the year. Compared to this, the company sold 36.8 million smartphones and 126.8 million feature-phones in 2015.

It is not a surprise then that Microsoft is yet again laying off large number of employees in the hardware division, the number being 2850, with majority being from the smartphone division. Just this May, it had already killed 1850 jobs, also from the smartphone division.

Unfortunately, the writing has been on the wall for Windows 10 Mobile ever since its launch. With hardly any phone launches to build up hype, it is all but clear that the only way to go is down and it may hardly even exist on anything else than paper in the coming quarters.

The ecosystem as a result is also hardly going to develop further, meaning Windows on Mobile is now all but a faded dream.