Joe Belfiore – “More features coming to Windows 10 Mobile”
Windows 10 Mobile adds a huge bunch of features to Windows phones, but there are still some which we wish were included, such as being able to read and send SMS messages from the desktop.
There were some signs that Windows 10 Mobile was feature complete, in particular because recent Technical Previews did not add any substantial new features, but merely bug fixes and performance improvements.
Now in an interview with The Verge Windows head Joe Belfiore confirmed this, saying:
“The phone is significantly feature complete, but we’ll continue to polish and tweak and iterate the things that still need to work.”
There was still however some hope for those who’s dream feature was still missing.
“We’ll put features in right up near the end. But in general, the broad feature set is set,” he continued.
Regarding the app store, Belfiore said:
“We’ve had a couple of, sort of, practice runs with phone and PC. We now have all the devices lined up….I don’t expect to see the platform change again, in the same way it has before….We have one common operating system for all the device types that we are making. …our strategic belief is, if we have a big audience of people… then developers will put apps in that store because there will be demand.”
Microsoft Vice President Terry Myerson confirmed that Microsoft would be concentrating on high end devices in the future, and hinted at a Surface phone, saying:
“We are going to focus on a few great devices and the most notable being that premium consumer category. The direction we will head is the premium-branded lineup.”
“The goal is to have one Microsoft device family that plays this role (of a premium-branded device line-up) in the Windows ecosystem.” Myerson confirmed “one’s coming. Maybe two are coming, but at least one is coming.”