Microsoft flatly denied today that they have any interest in doing so, telling InformationWeek that they have no plans to manufacture their own phone. This is of some note, as Microsoft usually denies all rumors as a matter of policy. We’d guess that they don’t want to rile their Windows OEMs with silence, and so are changing their press policy in this specific situation.
Of course saying they won’t manufacture their own handset doesn’t rule out a Nexus-style project where Microsoft pays someone else to produce the phone – technically that’s what they did with the Kin, so it wouldn’t be a new trick. It also wouldn’t rule out purchasing Nokia’s phone division, something they were reportedly interested in at one time, and could become interested in again if Nokia’s value continues to plummet.
But for now Microsoft has the last word, and when it comes to WP8 handsets, the word (for now) is “No”.
source: InformationWeek via Daring Fireball