HP exec says Elite x3 plans scrapped because of Microsoft's change of heart in mobile

The decline of Microsoft's mobile efforts has led HP to abandon its plans to bolster the Elite x3 with an expanded ecosystem.

In late September, a rumor emerged that HP was planning to kill off its Elite x3 in November. While HP put those rumors to rest by stating that it had plans to "sell the Elite x3 through 2019," it turns out that Microsoft's declining focus in the mobile space has caused HP to drop its plans for a more expansive x3 ecosystem.

Speaking to The Register at the Canalys Channels Forum in Venice, HP Inc EMEA boss Nick Lazaridis said that Microsoft's shifting strategy forced HP to refocus its efforts. Says Lazaridis:

Microsoft, as all companies do, decided on a change in strategy and so they are less focused on what they thought they would be focused on today.

Given that, we also had decided that without Microsoft's drive and support there it doesn't make sense. If the software, if the operating system ecosystem isn't there then we are not an operating system company.

According to Lazaridis, HP had a whole roadmap lined up that included additional products. "X3 was going to bifurcate, there were going to be a number of products," he said. For now, the plan is to continue sales and support of the x3 through 2019.

Microsoft's struggles in mobile have been well documented, and the company barely has a presence at this point. Instead of focusing on its own hardware or robust support for its own ecosystem, Microsoft is pushing more towards making its services widely available on Android and iOS. The latest, and one of the most surprising planks of this strategy is the launch of the Microsoft Edge browser on both platforms.