Microsoft flatly denies any interest in building Windows Phone devices

Microsoft flatly denies any interest in building Windows Phone devices
Last week we reported on a rumor from industry OEMs that Microsoft was sourcing someone to build a Windows Phone. It wasn’t know whether that would be for some sort of development platform, or a retail product, but some industry analysts thought it was more likely that Microsoft would bring a phone to market (and based on your comments, more than one of you were hoping it would pan out as well).

Microsoft flatly denied today that they have any interest in doing so, telling InformationWeek that they have no plans to manufacture their own phone. This is of some note, as Microsoft usually denies all rumors as a matter of policy. We’d guess that they don’t want to rile their Windows OEMs with silence, and so are changing their press policy in this specific situation.

Of course saying they won’t manufacture their own handset doesn’t rule out a Nexus-style project where Microsoft pays someone else to produce the phone – technically that’s what they did with the Kin, so it wouldn’t be a new trick. It also wouldn’t rule out purchasing Nokia’s phone division, something they were reportedly interested in at one time, and could become interested in again if Nokia’s value continues to plummet.

But for now Microsoft has the last word, and when it comes to WP8 handsets, the word (for now) is “No”.

source: InformationWeek via Daring Fireball



1. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Microsoft is scare that Samsung will not installing WP8 in their phones.

5. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

MS is competing in market with tablet because partner OEMs...have been unable to produce a compelling Windows7 device to challenge iPad... undoubtedly...iPad is king of tablet market despite of several significant attempts by Android tablet manufacturers...MS just want to remove such a monopoly/dominance of iPad in market. For WP8...there is already lot of competition...and MS don't really need to get into phone market...partnership with Nokia is just for the reason so that MS can focus efforts on building software...and let partners use it in devices.

6. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

They're not scared of samsung not installing WP8. why would they be? with or without WP, microsoft will still be a giant.

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Good idea microsoft, just let the manufacturers(nokia,htc,samsung and huawei) create the windows phone devices

3. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Maybe I'm remembering wrong, but don't Microsoft also flat out deny they were making a phone just prior to the Kin fiasco?

7. Scott_H

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Your memory serves you well. That's why there are some judicious "for now" phrases thrown in.

4. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

see, but Mircosoft is making phones their phone making division is called Nokia why would they go through all the trouble and risk of planting Stephen Elop who just happened to go from working high up in Microsoft to becoming the CEO of one of the biggest smartphone makers in the world at a time when they were extremely vulnerable then invest a few hundred million in the company only to turn around and undercut their own efforts by releasing a "pure" windows phone we have the pure microsoft expereince windows phone it's the Lumias 800 and 900

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