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Microsoft not planning its own phone, says Stephen Elop

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Microsoft not planning its own phone, says Stephen Elop
We've been hearing rumors of Microsoft working on its own smartphone for quite a while now, and there's no denying that such a device could radically enhance the dynamics of the Windows Phone ecosystem. However, as much as we'd like to play with such a device, a person who surely has access to much more inside information than us doesn't really think that such a phone is in the works.

Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop, has reportedly said that he is not aware of any plans by Microsoft to create a Windows Phone device, although, it does sound as if the CEO isn't really thrilled about the prospect of Microsoft crafting its own Windows Phone, which we can understand, having in mind how well Redmond has done with the Surface tablets.

Stephen Elop's exact words:

I have no indications they are planning to do their own phone. They can do it if they so choose.

Before HTC's recent announcement of the Windows Phone 8X and 8X smartphones, everyone thought that Nokia will kind of act as Microsoft's manufacturing arm, but the mood is pretty different now, seeing how warm Microsoft has been to HTC. It's too early to draw any conclusions, of course, we'll have to wait for the actual devices to launch in order to have a better understanding of how the players are going to position themselves, but we do hope that Nokia will find a way to stand out from the competition, as its products certainly deserve it.

source: AllThingsD

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posted on 03 Oct 2012, 02:31 4

1. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1994; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Oh snap!!!!! :-\.... that would have been, more w8 phone's

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 04:11 5

8. MeoCao (unregistered)


This is quite reliable as it's coming from a MS employee Stephan Elop.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 04:41 3

9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3022; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Stephen Elop is Nokia's CEO....not Microsoft!!
"I have no indications they are planning to do their own phone. They can do it if they so choose."....Hell yeah!!

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 02:50 7

2. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i actually like the idea of WP8 build by microsoft.. like google's nexus line they have the latest version of android!

so if this one turn out to be true, i think they should release the so-called "surface phone" to be the first WP8 with quad core!!

im wishing s4 pro..

but i wish microsoft will allow other chips like nvidia tegra and even samsung's own exynos to build a WP with its chips! it will be sweet!

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 13:23

12. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 844; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


I think support for more processors will be coming soon (less than/approx 1 year)...

But besides Samsung's processors, I don't really care for other makes... Even put among Samsung, I prefer Qualcomm.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 20:05

15. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


but monopoly sucks! so thats why even you said that you dont care about other chips, they should build a device with WP...

i mean the surface RT runs with NVIDIA Tegra 3 not qualcomm's chips.. so why wont they allow these chip makers to build a WP with their chips?

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 02:50 3

3. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1005; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


did microsoft tell you that when you were reporting your mission stats undercover stephen elop

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 03:03 9

4. cyborg009 (Posts: 92; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)


Microsoft getting close to nokia and htc at the same time, feels like ms is dating two girls and both know abt each other being part of the relation. Its just that nokia is an official old chick who can't help but stay in the relation and see ms gallivanting with htc !!!
It must be so awkward for Nokia !!
Microsoft knows how to Play and play well :D

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 03:14 6

6. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Seems fair analogy but then it gets weird as I try to dig further :/
MS would be dating itself then :??

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 03:40 2

7. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 381; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Hahahahahaha good point! :)

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 15:10

14. cyborg009 (Posts: 92; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)


yes... and there comes the part of self love :) .. having a gf doesn't mean you stop doing things to self !!!
Gets weirder and weirder ...

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 03:14 2

5. joey_sfb (Posts: 3091; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


And, Stephen Elop is suppose to know whether M$ is planning their own phone?!

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 04:46 1

10. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3022; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Exactly...Stephen doesn't need to know a thing!!!

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 09:12 1

11. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


If Microsoft really want to launch it's own smartphone, then they should allow other OEM's like Nokia, HTC and Samsung to incorporate some changes in the UI of WP, so that they can be in better position to differentiate their products from each other; this could be just like Google's nexus line................ It's necessary because Microsoft is not allowing the OEM's to differentiate in terms of Hardwares, though they are claiming support for upto 64 cores in WP8, but all the OEM's are forced to use dual core S4 processor and not the quadcore S4 pro processor. Eventhough nokia and other OEM's are trying hard to differentiate their products by launching their phones in multiple colors, and putting some new technologies like pureview camera, true motion HD+ pureview display etc, but it will be better if OEM's have right to tinker with the WP UI little bit, so they can differentiate their products.........

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 14:31

13. ricco (Posts: 18; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


Main concern behind Microsoft's actions is to help rise WP ecosystem. Now WP boots only 5% of all smartphones. This is bad if you are Microsoft. Goal of them is to get WP in mid tens. That is why MS is like best friends with Nokia and good friend to HTC. I mean look at it as MS is daddy and Nokia and HTC as daughters

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