Upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices look cool, says Microsoft, unlikely to build own
But when it comes to smartphones, Microsoft is confident that its partners are this time bringing out the best of the platform, and it doesn’t plan on bringing its own devices.
"Our hardware partners are doing some really cool things for the Windows Phone 8 launch. We are really excited by the hardware we are seeing from our current partners. We are big believers in them," Greg Sullivan, Senior Product manager at Microsoft’s Windows Phone department said in an interview for Pocket-lint.
Interestingly, Sullivan also confirmed that it’s a "reasonable conclusion" to think that the Surface team at Microsoft wasn’t happy with what hardware makers were bringing and that’s why it decided to build a tablet on its own.
We’d add another reason for Microsoft not building a smartphone - it doesn’t have the carrier ties, and unlike tablets which you can sell without the help of carriers, for phones the majority of sales happen at operators’ stores and that’s a huge factor. What do you expect to see happen with Windows Phone 8, will it finally bring the success in mobile Microsoft has been craving for years?
3. dickwyn (Posts: 595; Member since: 07 May 2012)
i'm putting my bet on a nokia and WP 8 to succeed
7. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 968; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
yeah they don't have anything else to do so I'm expecting some good quality
8. haseebzahid (Posts: 1831; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
lets hope u are right they did managed to add up very cool techs ready for wp8 top is pureview
2. KingShango (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 May 2012)
I think MS will definitely be a major player by this time next year in the mobile space. They've finally created a cohesive ecosystem with innovative products and are really trying to win over developers. I just hope that the mobile partners are going to offer some great hardware.
With Win8, WP8 and a new Xbox in the pipeline MS are going to be hard to ignore.
4. dickwyn (Posts: 595; Member since: 07 May 2012)
maybe next summer microsoft will be changing the buy a win8 pc and get a XBOX and give us a choice of a free WP8 phone
5. SmartPhoneStream (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)
WP8 looked really good to me at the announcement i hope it succeeds as i am hoping to buy one when they come out
9. onggeo (Posts: 30; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
Hoping to see some quality hardware especially in the mid-range level to replace Lumia 710. Gonna stick to my HTC Trophy for now and wait for what manufacturers bring to the table. Hopefully they pack bigger batteries in there also.
10. Ravail (Posts: 182; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)
Ive used every mobile operating system to date, my favorite is still Android.. however im excited to see what WP8 brings to the table.. And just think, if somehow WP8 becomes as successful as Android is now.. Apple will start sueing the heck out of them to lol
11. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Great...Microsoft managed to shake OEM asses to make some good Windows Phones
12. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1098; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
The Lumia 900 is a great Windows 7 series smart phone Hmm I hope Nokia makes a Windows 8 version and add a smooth finish Navy blue and smooth Silver grey Color model. the white smooth finish Nokia 900 now on sale needs new colors to the line up of the Nokia Lumia 900 with Windows 8, HD screens and Windows 8 rated dual core CPU chipsets.
13. NateAdam8 (Posts: 216; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
I can't wait to see what HTC's WP8 devices will look like and I'm very curious to see what Nokia has up there sleeves and if PureView will be put in there WP8 devices cause that'd still the show
15. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
if a surface that only cost lower than the iPad it will be a hit
if a WP8 can now use a bluetooth sharing it can kill android..
but WP8's enemy is iOS and Android..but it could still be a hit!
if nokia could make a 7"-8" tablet it is the real competition between the nexus 7 and the rumoured iPad mini
or just make a mini surface...
16. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
Although I use android for now, I'm excited for wp8
18. Kan_wha (Posts: 88; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)
Ditto, WP7.5 is smooth, lets hope that WP8 is smoother.
19. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
regarding hardware Nokia won't dissapoint. Lumia 800/N9 are wonderful pieces of hardware. Hardware will be probably restricted as it used to be in Microsoft phones but it has got a bright side too.
And I hope for the best that Nokia will finally make a real tablet (not talking about n770/n810 etc.)
The sad part of it is that Nokia became an ordinary manufacturer. Like everyone else.
They are just doing hardware for Microsoft.
But it's a common thing nowadays. Android is in almost every single phone. Bada didn't succeed. Tizen will probably share the same fate. MeeGo is a dead end, Elop killed Symbian (frikking bastard!), webos is dead.
Haters shut your holes.
Every single system has its infancy.
Microsoft and Nokia are working hard to provide the best end product you can get.
Given Nokia saw better days and Microsoft has its own flop with kin phones, it's too important for them to give it up.
20. cdgoin (Posts: 369; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)
If there is any question carrier ties mean something.. I will ppint you to the Dell Venue Pro.. the BEST windows Phone out there and sold terribly.? WHY..? ONLY sold online at Dells' website buried in the back. IF they had it at the stores.. I feel it was (and still is unique enough) it would would made a HUGE difference in WindowsPhone sales..
21. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1098; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
folks I think one of the major reasons Microsoft built it own tablet is that Microsoft does not want Ipad or Android tablets to be the dominant tablet used in the Enterprise
so Microsoft has the "Surface" Tablet computers available to sell to the Enterprise (Business) if they want them that will work all Windows desktop and Laptop and windows Server x86 Programs out there today. Microsoft OEM partners can not be
trusted to continue to make Windows tablet computers if they do not sell well. Microsoft knows the Enterprise it's main customers needs a Microsoft tablet computer to work with Microsoft software and will have "Microsoft Surface computers ready and available for them to buy and use regardless of whether it's OEM partners make windows Tablet computers or not
22. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6579; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Because MS is too lazy to create their own phone. what ever happened to that prototype i saw a few years ago