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

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

FEATURED VIDEO

26 Comments

1. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

4. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

# experienced!

5. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The Fit Flip also had another innovative design

2. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 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!

17. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 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

24. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

That's a great idea!

3. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

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

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

7. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 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.

8. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

11. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

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

12. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

its good to ignore bulshtters. good job :)

16. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

I really apologize dratomic

22. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

youre a nice guy inside. apology accepted. ;)

9. cleat-glitch

Posts: 109; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

10. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

15. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 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

13. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

a sony windows phone would be awesome

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

26. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

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

19. XperiaOptimusOne unregistered

Give us an 8" tablet, preferably Android.

20. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 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 :(

21. gundamexia450

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

Does this mean no more desktop VAIO at all?

23. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

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

25. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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....

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.