Microsoft still unsure how to name its mobile devices
Microsoft Mobile Oy is the name of the Microsoft subsidiary that has purchased Nokia Devices and Services. Microsoft even sent out a letter to vendors, requesting that invoices be sent out in this name. But the gang at Redmond is still trying to come up with a new name for its smartphones.
You would think that Microsoft would want to keep the Lumia name since that brand is almost synonymous with the platform. We are pretty sure that you can rule out a return of the Microsoft KIN brand to the smartphone world. Nokia had also started thinking about using branding instead of numbers. Witness the Nokia Lumia Icon at Verizon. Surely Microsoft will continue down that path. T-Mobile is expected to brand the Nokia Lumia 635 as the Nokia Monarch.
One possibility is the use of the Microsoft Surface name. Microsoft has done a good job marketing the name for its line of tablets. Whether you like the slates or not, whenever you hear the Surface name, you do think about a Microsoft mobile product. Last September, there was speculation that Microsoft had produced prototypes of a Microsoft Surface phone.