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Sony may be out of the PC business, but that doesn't mean it is done with Windows

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Sony may be out of the PC business, but that doesn't mean it is done with Windows
News came out recently that Sony had sold its PC division in order to focus more on its other businesses, like mobile. PCs are a dying form factor, so the move makes sense. But, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai wants to be clear that just because Sony isn't making PCs anymore doesn't necessarily mean that the company is done with Windows. At least for now, that door is still open.

Sony is a company that has the phrase "We don't comment on rumors" on quick-draw, so obviously there isn't a lot to go on here. But, Hirai did at least leave open the possibility that the company could make Windows Phone devices or maybe even a Windows tablet in the future. Hirai made it clear that Sony's PC days were done and that the company would be focusing on smartphones and tablets, but said about Windows, "Microsoft has various OSes, including mobile. So, as Sony, we will consider new product development going forward."

There have been rumors recently about Sony working on a Windows Phone device, and those rumors make Hirai's comment about as close to an admission of a Sony Windows Phone as you're likely to get from the company until such a device is officially announced. 

source: ASCII via CNET

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posted on 07 Feb 2014, 11:42 10

1. emadshiny (Posts: 1131; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


VAIO hybrids such as Dou and Tap were great.
I think its time to start a solid move in tablet division.
Show how experience you are Sony.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 11:52 1

4. emadshiny (Posts: 1131; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


# experienced!

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 11:57 5

5. akki20892 (Posts: 3434; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Duo and Tap both are great example of new innovation. Why Sony why.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 16:33

18. vincelongman (Posts: 1141; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


The Fit Flip also had another innovative design

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 11:47 7

2. Credo (Posts: 693; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


I would love the xperia z's form factor with Windows Phone OS on top of it, stylisch, clean, and just together awesomenes ! Release it Sony!

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 14:30 2

17. buccob (Posts: 1409; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Would be awesome to live in an utopic world where you could get a phone (hardware) and choose out of the box which OS do you want to get started....

Im not talking about dual boot, or bootcamp, or emulators... Just OMs selling a particular device that users could buy and then decide what to run inside...

maybe is a stupid idea IDK, just came to think of it

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 17:33

24. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3537; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


That's a great idea!

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 11:50 1

3. Aploine (Posts: 143; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


Who needs PCs and laptops? Big tablets, wireless storage / periferals

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 12:02 9

6. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Because as for now tablets suck compared to laptops. We'll see how will it be in the future.

I hope we will see more devices like Vaio Tap 11.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 12:08 14

7. whysoserious (Posts: 316; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


I do, and so does millions of people out there. Yes, mobile/tablet technologies are evolving really fast nowadays, but it's still years and years behind what a PC can do.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 12:21 7

8. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1282; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Ignore him, he lives in a hut near a farm.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 13:38 4

11. Aploine (Posts: 143; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


LMAO! Look at your photo and tell me who lives in his HAT ....with Heidi. Get out of your hat hater

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 13:51

12. dratomic (Posts: 461; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


its good to ignore bulshtters. good job :)

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 14:16 1

16. Aploine (Posts: 143; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


I really apologize dratomic

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 00:44

22. dratomic (Posts: 461; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


youre a nice guy inside. apology accepted. ;)

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 12:47

9. cleat-glitch (Posts: 88; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


that's unfortunate...i like there pcs more than their phones

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 12:55

10. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1080; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I predict that Sony will make Windows 8.1 Tablet/ Hybrids in other words Sony Windows 8.1 tablets will be ultra thin lightweight Windows 8.1 tablets that also have an great accessory keyboard available for a Sony customer to buy. Sony is the master at making thin sleek well designed Electronic gear. The Tap ii Windows 8.1 tablet is a good example of what they can do. By the way Folks -the PC IS NOT DEAD- A good tablet screen size ranges from 7 to 12 inches in a 4 by 3 or 10 by 16 or 9 by 16 size screen. anything above that is not a Tablet but is a Portable all in one PC. People who do a lot of business work. and People who want to want to watch movies or play high level Video games want a screen that is at least 23 inches in size. a tablet that big would AWKWARD to use and is a portable PC not a tablet
Also folks a PC through use of PCI And PCI express cards can be made to get new capabilities. A Tablet is a fixed spec computer what you buy is what you and you cannot change or add anything to I internallyt except maybe a Micro SDXC card to increase it's memory.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 14:04 1

15. Aploine (Posts: 143; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


I agree in general, if you want a powerfull machine. But look what happened with phones. Biger and biger. Sony lately did so many smart moves looking to the future

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 13:56 3

13. apple4never (Posts: 944; Member since: 08 May 2013)


a sony windows phone would be awesome

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 14:02 2

14. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6408; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Looks like i may have to get a VAIO laptop before they discountied it

posted on 09 Feb 2014, 19:47

26. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 151; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)


I will buy one too if they have big discount. Still waiting.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 18:20

19. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)


Give us an 8" tablet, preferably Android.

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 21:11

20. Remmy (Posts: 55; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


I still asked my sister to buy a VAIO to replace her 6/7 year old HP. I've always wanted to try VAIO before :(

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 22:08

21. gundamexia450 (Posts: 21; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)


Does this mean no more desktop VAIO at all?

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 08:47

23. apple4never (Posts: 944; Member since: 08 May 2013)


i don't think there were ever any desktop vaio's

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 17:38

25. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3537; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I've always said that a Sony WP device would be awesome.. The clean, clutter free design of the WP OS matches Sony's hardware perfectly... The Lumia brand needs some serious competition....

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