Microsoft India President asked about the Surface Phone, drops a couple of hints

Microsoft India President asked about the Surface Phone, drops a couple of hints
Over the past month, the rumor of a Microsoft Surface Phone have been revitalized. Some patents popped up, some artist-made renders appeared. While none of these is proof that Microsoft is still working on the phone, it does show that the company has been experimenting with the idea of a tablet that can fold in two to become a smartphone — the ultimate “phablet”. has recently gotten a hold of Anant Mahewari — the President of Microsoft India — for a quick interview. Among the questions, mobile was discussed, and Mr. Mahewari dropped a couple of hints at what may or may not be happening with Microsoft devices.

As you know, the company kind of gave up on smartphones after the Lumia 950 and 950 XL failed to revitalize the Windows Mobile platform. Microsoft then changed gears into building software for all operating systems, allowing users to seamlessly move across their many devices and keep working on their projects. asked Mr. Mahewari on what Microsoft's “last word” on making smartphones is. The President replied:

But don't get your hopes up just yet. The interviewer tried to probe further into the topic, but Mr. Mahewari simply stated that Microsoft currently has the Surface Hub, Surface Studio, Surface Book, and Surface Pro and is happy with the capabilities it has across those devices and their "form-factors". Then proceded to say that, as far as mobile devices are concerned, Microsoft is working with major OEMs to create new apps and experience.

In another part of the interview, Mr. Mahewari also drops this nugget, which we think is important if we are to make any presumptions about a Surface Phone being in the works:

So, what does all of this mean? Well, there was no concrete "yes" or "no" on a new Windows Phone here. We suppose it's safe to assume that Microsoft is toying around with the idea of the so-called Surface Phone. However, seeing how cautious Mr. Mahewari was with his wording, we wouldn't hold our breath for said phone to be announced any time soon, if ever. Either the technology is not there yet, or Microsoft is probably still looking for a way to make it a viable product for the competitive market out there.

source: via MSPoweruser



1. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Probably meant Surface Tablet and not Surface phone

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

At this point, nearing 2018, I'm completely hopeless about the future of Windows Mobile platform. I don't know whether The mythical Surface Phone will become reality or not, but what I do know is that it won't be running The Windows 10 Mobile OS. Probably Windows 10 for ARM. Windows 10 Mobile is dead, just like Palm OS, BBX, MeeGo, Tizen, Symbian and such. But with that being said; I'd love to see another major player in the mobile OS world. And Windows 10 ARM might prove to be just the thing, who knows? I mean, who would've thought that The iPad would become so irrelevant so fast! Oh well, G'Day!


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Andromeda - Windows Core OS is coming. It will be full W10 no mobile anymore.

4. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

I was wondering Why they don't make a simple phone. ?

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3164; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They did, it was called the Kin and Kin 2. About as popular on Verizon as was the Nokia Twist.

6. rsiders

Posts: 1990; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Me: I'm tired of reading these articles about what might or might not be the long waited Surface phone. Also me: Ooh a new rumor article about the possibility of the Surface phone. :D

8. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Quick FYI for the author, his last name is Maheshwari, not Mahewari. Second, I talked to him before he officially started this role and his primary goal was a "digital India," a vision shared by the Indian government. Microsoft cares about offering as many solutions as it can for as many people as it can. They want to provide solutions in the most accessible places. Whether or not a full mobile OS of their own helps them to that end, I don't know. Clearly, they have shown piggybacking off of other mobile OSes as the short term strategy.

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