toggle

AAPL Stock: 123.38 ( + 0.61 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Microsoft exec denies rumors of own Windows Phone 8 devices

updated 04:30 pm EDT, Mon June 25, 2012

Microsoft has no plans to build own-branded Windows 8 hardware

Microsoft senior marketing manager for Windows Phone, Greg Sullivan, has flatly stated during an interview that the company has no plans to release Microsoft-branded Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Recent rumors after Microsoft unveiled its own iPad competitor, the Surface tablet, last week, suggested that's the next step in the software giant's strategy. Sullivan also added that the company is satisfied with its current hardware partners for smartphones, who include HTC, Nokia, Samsung, and Huawei, Information Week revealed.

Of course, the denial doesn't mean Microsoft won't buy out a handset maker, with Nokia the most likely candidate, and effectively have its own hardware and software then.

The company isn't likely to revisit starting on its own hardware from scratch, as its Kin line-up was a sales and marketing failure.

The previous rumor reportedly came from an industry source and maintained that Microsoft is working with a contract manufacturer. What wasn't known was whether the device would be a reference platform or if it would turn out to be a ready-to-sell handset wearing the Microsoft brand.




by MacNN Staff

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch

Apple's 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro continues to be a popular notebook with professional users and prosumers looking for the ultimate ...

Typo keyboard for iPad

Following numerous legal shenanigans between Typo -- a company founded in part by Ryan Seacrest -- and the clear object of his physica ...

Entry-level 27-inch Retina iMac

The 27-inch Apple iMac with 5K Retina display is already one of the best value-for-money Macs that Apple has ever released. It was som ...

toggle

Most Commented