The Build 2016 keynote didn't focus much on the Windows 10 Mobile front, as Microsoft showed lots of new features coming for Windows 10 as a whole. In a new chat with Microsoft's Windows and Devices head Terry Myerson at Build 2016, he stated that while Microsoft will continue to work with the phone form factor on Windows, it won't be getting as much attention on the development side, at least for a while.
According to The Verge
"We're fully committed to that 4-inch screen, there will be a time for it to be our focus, but right now it's part of the family but it's not the core of where I hope to generate developer interest over the next year," explains Myerson. "There's no lack of recognition to realize how important that form factor is, but for Microsoft with Windows and for our platform it's the wrong place for us to lead."
In terms of growing the Windows 10 OS, Myerson also admitted that the phone business is not the best way to go:
""If you wanted to reach a lot of phone customers, Windows Phone isn't the way to do it," admits Myerson. "If you want to reach a lot of Windows customers, then this is the largest install base of 9 to 30-inch screens. If you wanted to do new and exciting things, then the Xbox and HoloLens is the place to have a discussion."
However, Myerson offered up a small hint that Microsoft is not abandoning the phone space on Windows, but it may be a while before we see those efforts:
"We're going to do some cool things with phones, but this year phones are an important part of our family but not the tip of the spear."