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Microsoft clears the air: No plans to build phones of its own

News by Dan Seifert on Monday June 25, 2012.

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Following Microsoft's big Surface tablet and Windows Phone 8 announcements last week, many have speculated that the company was also planning on building its own smartphones in addition to its own tablets. It doesn't appear that this is the case, however, as Microsoft has revealed that it has no plans to build a phone of its own.

Speaking to Information Week, Microsoft's senior marketing manager for Windows Phone, Greg Sullivan, stated that the company does not intend to produce its own phone hardware. "We have a strong ecosystem of partners that we are very satisfied with," clarified Sullivan.

While Microsoft says that it is not producing its own phone hardware right now, that certainly doesn't mean that it won't in the future. The company was very adamant about the harmony of hardware and software during its Surface tablet unveiling last week, and it doesn't take a tremendous leap of logic to apply that philosophy to phone hardware.

But for now, Microsoft will rely on its existing hardware partners to produce devices for its upcoming Windows Phone 8 platform. Nokia, Huawei, HTC, and Samsung have all committed to produce phones for the new operating system, which is expected to debut some time this fall.

source: Information Week

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