Surface chief Panay says there is no Surface Phone in Microsoft's immediate future

Surface chief Panay says there is no Surface Phone in Microsoft's immediate future
During the last eight or nine months, when speculation grew hot and heavy about a new foldable Surface Phone, the closest we got to an official comment from Microsoft was an internal email or document that was leaked. But that changed today when comments made by Surface chief Panos Panay during a podcast interview, made their way around digital water coolers.

We know this is going to be bad news for those who were hoping to see the mythical Surface Phone hit the market, but in the podcast, when discussing Microsoft's future direction, the executive stated, "Well, I would not say that that includes a Surface Phone." Not only did he add that any new form factor being designed in Redmond won't include a Surface Phone, but Panay noted that Microsoft's product road map doesn't need such a device.

Panay added that future Surface devices will focus on communication, but not as we currently know the word. He said that how people communicate will evolve. This dovetails with previous reports claiming that the foldable device will have telephonic capabilities, but would not be considered a phone.

If you were hoping for the device codenamed Andromeda to somehow get released next year, Panos Panay just threw a glass of cold water on that thought.

source: Wired

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9 Comments

1. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3038; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Why can't people get it through their thick heads that there is no Surface Phone. Andromeda is a pocket PC that can make phone calls and runs Windows on ARM. Mobile OSes from Microsoft are history. The sooner people accept this harsh truth, the better. I use a Windows phone as a daily driver but I've been down this road before with Symbian, legacy BlackBerry, BlackBerry 10 and webOS.

6. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Is the OS the thing that distinguishes a phone from a PC, or the ability to make phone calls? Android and iOS phones are portable computers that can make phone calls -- we call them phones. Any device from Microsoft that can make phone calls, send text messages, and is portable enough to put in your pocket, would be a phone. That remains true irrespective of whether it is running "Windows Mobile" or full-fledged "Windows." No matter what other capabilities the device may have, those capabilities would be ON TOP OF it being a phone.

9. mariusmuntean

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

When are pathetic fanboys like you gonna get it through their thick heads that it doesn't matter how Microsoon names this device, it will FAIL because it brings nothing! On a pocket device you need MOBILE APPS moron, a proper touch UI/UX. MS does not have either of these because they made sure of it in the past. But you can continue to dream of pink ponies in MS's fanboy fantasy land.

2. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

There is no surface phone because that would constitute a good idea and Microsoft seem to be really good at avoiding those.

4. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

doubt it. MS would just abandon it, like all their other "innovative" devices.

3. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

hah! MS, you realize that literally a small handful of people care about your mobile presence, right?

5. josephnero

Posts: 772; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Since the start it was a fake rumor to cater some WP fans to mobile sites.

7. svknet

Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 13, 2017

No surprises there!

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