Netting partners is something that is – and will continue to be – crucial to Windows Phone’s success. I mean, it’d be a pretty sorry state of affairs if Nokia weren’t on board. Uhm, with all due respect to HTC.
Speaking of HTC, fellow Taiwanese manufacturer Acer is vaguely interested in Microsoft’s OS, but not until Windows Phone becomes a viable force in the smartphone world. Get your finger out, M$.
There are Windows Phone-related quotes aplenty flying around, courtesy of one Allen Burnes, vice-president for Acer’s smartphones in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Speaking to TechRadar, Burnes yells: "We are looking at Windows Phone 8, we think it's a great OS. The integration with Xbox is nice, the enterprise suite is nice, but I think no one knows about it.
“You'll find everyone in our smartphone team would really like to deploy Windows OS, but in relation to where we are as a company we have to make our decisions in relation to what we think will sell out.
"We've made the decision not to launch a Windows Phone 8 device this year. Next year, depending on how we see the growth go this year, we may well do."
Meanwhile, Burnes tells Pocket-lint: “Where we are is, like many in the industry: Microsoft, we can't build your brand for you.
"My view is that Nokia's issue is they have to build their brand as well as Microsoft's brand.”
Ouch. At present, Microsoft has the backing of – most notably – Nokia and HTC, along with token efforts from Samsung, and budget stuff from Huawei.
As for LG, Dell and ZTE, they all bailed after Windows Phone 7. Eek.