HTC's last bit of Windows Phone smartphone action came courtesy of the 8S and 8X duo announced nearly two years ago now.
Since then there's been nothing except rumours, and that hasn't changed – except that the latest rumour has come straight from the mouth of a Microsoft VP.
Speaking at a Microsoft press conference at Computex 2014 in Taiwan this week, Microsoft VP of OEM partners Nick Parker didn't quite go on record to confirm a new HTC Windows Phone was in the works, but he didn't stop too far short.
“I'd love to break some news here if I could,” Parker is quoted as saying when asked about Windows Phone hardware partners. “But instead I'll just say that Microsoft will continue to have a great relationship with HTC. New things are coming, so get excited.”
The most likely candidate based on existing wisdom would be the HTC W8, which @evleaks has claimed will be a Windows Phone version of the upcoming HTC A9 Android mid-ranger, though it will reportedly be a Verizon exclusive when it launches during Q3.
Features we're used to seeing on HTC's high-end Android devices, such as BoomSound and Duo Cameras, will supposedly also be present and correct on its next Windows Phone too.
All that's just a guess, though, since there's nothing concrete linking Parker's comments to existing rumours of the HTC W8 – in fact, given the latter's claimed Verizon exclusivity we'd have to hope it's not the handset Parker is referring to.