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Sony confirms talks with Microsoft on releasing a Windows Phone

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Sony confirms talks with Microsoft on releasing a Windows Phone
Pierre Perron, head of Sony Mobile Europe, has confirmed in an interview that the company is actively examining the release of its own Windows Phone handset. Now that Microsoft bought out Nokia, the field is somewhat more open for business from other companies, too, and with Redmond's cash in hand, the Windows Phone ecosystem is likely to receive a big boost in sales and popularity numbers, if the cards are played right. 

Mr Perron is quoted below to say that they want to bring the typical Sony flavor on top of Windows Phone, which we hope will mean a pretty waterproof handset with high-res camera.

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'?

source: Techradar

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posted on 10 Jan 2014, 08:05 4

1. papss (unregistered)


This is great news and I hope they can get this deal done. M$, do what it takes to make this happen!!!

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 08:10 5

2. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nice OEM coming to WP.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 08:34 5

3. Lyngdoh (Posts: 225; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


The resurrection of Xperia X series? Xperia X3 anybody?

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 09:08 3

5. sri_tech (Posts: 188; Member since: 21 May 2013)


I don't think they will use Xperia branding for Windows phones.

Its already rumored that they will use Vaio brand for windows phones and I think its good decision.

Separate brand for different OS means no confusion for customers and also they can recall Windows with Vaio brand.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 08:47 2

4. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


Sony made the best phones on the old Windows Mobile platform. Keep hope alive.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 09:20

6. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


It won't sell well. Htc WP didn't sell well to.... It is more Nokia that sells well for WP, due to well known publicity that only Nokia makes WP. Mainly Nokia users by WP..

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 11:28 3

9. boosook (Posts: 1085; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Well, it will selll as soon as Microsoft replaces the Nokia brand with its own brand on Lumia phones (and they will do it, probably this year).

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 12:46 1

15. hulk_14 (Posts: 46; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)


It would sell well if only HTC did enough to achieve it. HTC 8S wa quiete popular in the beginning of its life.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 09:44 3

7. hafini_27 (Posts: 296; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


I love Sony's design and wp is a nice change of pace

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 10:31

8. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6727; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


This would be a sweet deal just hope M$ won't sue Sony for anything.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 11:45

10. boosook (Posts: 1085; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Let's say that this is a bribe M$ imposes on Sony: make a WP and we won't sue you. It's a sort of assurance... and I bet that others will follow.
It's the only way that M$ has to draw other OEMs to WP beyond Nokia.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 18:26

16. Insignificant (Posts: 190; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


There's not a single tech company which could survive a lawsuit against Sony with rights to Ericsson patents. There's a reason why Apple, Samsung, HTC and pretty much every OEM pays Microsoft royalties, but Sony don't.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 11:48 2

11. StreetNerd (Posts: 722; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


VAIO phone = winner

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 12:22

12. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Some of said this before....doesnt seem right.

Xbox Live Arcade..and Playstation Mobile and now PS Now. How would that play out on a Sony WP phone? Just thought of something tho...doesnt Sony make laptops? Does a laptop qualify as mobile?

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 12:27 5

13. aco96 (Posts: 212; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Waterproof Windows Phone device would be awesome. :D

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 12:28 1

14. shyguy3763 (Posts: 49; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)


That pic looks awesome! Love the color,can't wait to see a Windows/Sony Vaio phone!

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 17:50

17. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1254; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


just hope it does not leave android,but kinda like what Sony is doing for windows,..we gonna see waterproof phones for windows and high end camera..

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 04:34

18. jackson_kaeluen (Posts: 69; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


Windows Phone market still doesn't goes well, apps lots of bug and doesn't really. Have an update.

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