Four years later, Sony is still 'interested' in Windows Phone

Four years later, Sony is still 'interested' in Windows PhoneA Sony executive has confirmed rumours that the company is in talks with Microsoft to produce its first Windows Phone later this year, saying Sony doesn't want to be “a single OS manufacturer”.

Speaking to TechRadar at CES 2014, Sony Mobile Europe boss Pierre Perron says while it values its relationship with Google on smartphones, its bond with Microsoft in the PC environment is one it is interested in expanding.

“We are continuing our discussions with other partners, including Microsoft, as part of our partnership with this company on the broader Sony spectrum.

“[Working with Microsoft] is an interesting proposition for us in the PC environment, and we continue our engagement with them.

“We are exploring this as part of our discussion in mobile space too. One thing is using the platform [Windows Phone] itself, and another is 'what can we deliver on top of it'?”

Despite the Sony Ericsson Xperia line having debuted with the Windows Mobile 6.1-based Xperia X1 back in 2008, since then it's been Android all the way, the latest addition being the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact that launched this week at CES 2014 in Las Vegas.

With Sony now making steady headway with its Android offering, you'd wonder why it would look elsewhere. But with boss Kaz Hirai having set a bullish tone with his CES keynote, it's clear Sony is back on the front foot and looking at his options.

Then again, let's not forgot that Sony Ericsson was actually named as a Windows Phone 7 launch partner all the way back in 2010, and to this date has yet – either as Sony Ericsson or just Sony – to release a single phone on the platform.

In other words, watch this space but don't think this is a done deal by any means.

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Pondlife  Jan. 10, 2014 at 17:32

So a Sony phone with xbox stuff all over it. Hmmm still find that a stumbling block

nickkelly  Jan. 10, 2014 at 21:06

I don't know why Sony would bother wasting their R&D money, WP market share is so low its not worth bothering about, and the only phones that are selling are bottom of the range cheap £70 phones. Sony have said they want to be a premium brand, WP is not premium.

HTC tried and failed with WP, Samsung tried and failed, Nokia bet their business on WP and had to make it work and failed. Surely Sony wont make the same mistake? Also as said above it would be promoting xbox services.

Pondlife  Jan. 10, 2014 at 21:34

Don't think I'd say Samsung tried with it really. One tarted up s3 with few features removed, released late with no advertising and no store presence at all is not them trying.

corgi74  Jan. 11, 2014 at 07:48

Don't think I'd say Samsung tried with it really. One tarted up s3 with few features removed, released late with no advertising and no store presence at all is not them trying.

And the Omnia.

Pondlife  Jan. 11, 2014 at 19:05

Well that was before MS really had a phone OS

corgi74  Jan. 28, 2014 at 12:53

Well that was before MS really had a phone OS

The Omnia 7 was WP7 and got the 7.8 update.

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