Microsoft Reportedly Developing Own Smartphone

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is currently testing components for a smartphone. There is no confirmation whether the testing will result in an actual mass-produced product, but - if the information is correct - this may be yet another sign that Microsoft is moving closer to Apple's product strategy.

During the launch of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft neither confirmed nor denied speculation that the company is working on a smartphone. The company stated that it is happy that Nokia, Samsung and HTC expect to be offering Windows Phone 8 devices by the end of the year and declined to comment on questions about a Microsoft phone. According to IDC, Windows Phone currently holds only 2.0 percent of the smartphone market with an estimated 3.6 million devices that shipped in the third quarter - compared to 136.0 million Android phones.

It does not take much insight to conclude that Windows Phone has not had the impact Microsoft is hoping for and there is more concern about its relationship with Nokia. So far, Nokia has not shown the determination and innovation that would be required to turn Windows Phone around. Surface is a demonstration of Microsoft that the company is not going to wait for compelling products from its partners. If Nokia cannot follow through with a breakthrough Windows Phone device, a device designed by Microsoft that is capable of better capturing the strengths of the operating system may turn out to be catastrophic for Nokia, whose entire product strategy is focused on Windows Phone with no backup plan in place.

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  • jhansonxi
    Nokia has not shown the determination and innovation that would be required to turn Windows Phone around.
    Nokia only staked their entire future on it. Apparently that's not enough commitment for some people.
  • lunyone
    Well if they wouldn't limit themselves to AT&T for the Lumia 920 then they would probably have more people buying them (I'm with Verizon). I would buy the Lumia 920, but since it's not on Verizon, I don't have that option (not changing to AT&T).
  • memadmax
    "If you want the job done right, you gotta do it yourself"
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  • sonofliberty08
    when M$ said they will do more on hardware, it meant to be they will hv their own smartphones, tablets, ultrathin laptops like the crApple
  • abbadon_34
    just stick with OS developement that keeps out beloved XP interface and makes behind the scenes improvements like Win7 so we can run the newest and fast hardware
  • mrmez
    Taking bets that it will tank like their last phone.