Is Microsoft going to do more hardware after Surface? “Obviously,” says chief executive Steve Ballmer
But what’s even bigger for us caring about gadgets is Ballmer’s admission about Microsoft making its own devices.
Here is what Steve Ballmer told the BBC: "Is it fair to say we're going to do more hardware? Obviously we are... Where we see important opportunities to set a new standard, yeah we'll dive in."
The CEO didn’t specify which devices he refers to, but we think this gives even more credence to rumors about a Microsoft Surface phone being in the works.
The first PC Microsoft made, the Surface received glaring reviews for its design for the most part, but was bashed for the software.
1. darthinvader (Posts: 63; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)
"was bashed for the software"??
I am using Windows 8 for sometime now, its a steep learning curve but once u get it.. Its amazing.. Would be awesome on touchscreen..
Come on Surface PRO!!!
3. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
He is referring to the RT version which has a vacant store... I, too, am excited for the Pro version of Surface.
5. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
The Surface OS was indeed maligned by most reviewers out there. Remember this is a consumer product and if the learning curve is too steep, your average consumer will be frustrated and return it.
As for the topic at hand, I do wonder what effect this will have on computer manufacturing companies. If Microsoft is now going to manufacture their own phones...what stops them from doing computers as well? And what will their partners think of the software company getting into their cash? Should be an interesting drama.
2. mercorp (Posts: 995; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)
The pc is always commoditized in the hands of hp,acer and many others.
4. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Let HP/Acer and others give a push to UBUNTU. That will give real choice to end users in terms of full OS on a TAB ...
7. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
I'm all for the surface phone but please don't overprice and don't play exclusive to ATT!