Microsoft: our own-branded phone is ‘under review’

Microsoft: our own-branded phone is ‘under review’The Microsoft Surface smartphone got its fair share of rumour treatment at the end of last year and in the first half of 2013. It is – or was – up there in the will-they-won’t-they category with the Amazon smartphone.

The Nokia buyout pretty much drove a stake through the rumour’s heart, but wait! We’re told to keep the Microsoft Surface smartphone dream alive – by none other than Microsoft.

So, Microsoft is consuming Nokia and the Surface tablet was a colossal failure. Logic dictates that the rumoured Microsoft Surface smartphone makes zero sense at this stage, right?

Well, no. See, the Microsoft/Nokia deal won’t actually complete until early next year, and in the meantime, the pair are prohibited from directly working together as if two have already become one.

As such, Microsoft is still considering a Surface smartphone. That’s what Vineet Durani, director of the Windows Phone Business Group for Microsoft India tells DNAindia, in a surprisingly frank interview.

“We are waiting for regulatory clearances on the Nokia deal to merge the devices and hardware business, with Microsoft’s software business,” begins Durani.

“The Microsoft-branded phone is under review, but in the meanwhile we continue to work with our partners like Huawei, Samsung and HTC for Windows OS handsets.”

Of course, that’s not to say it’s definitely happening, but the Microsoft Surface smartphone is still a possibility, apparently. Weird.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 14, 2013 at 12:03

Right, I used my mod-shovel to clear out all those breathless comments.


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