Contrary to previous reports, it turns out that Microsoft has no intention to manufacture its own smartphones for its Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system.
When asked in a recent interview whether or not Microsoft intends to develop its own hardware for the new OS, similar to the strategy behind its recently-announced Surface tablets, Greg Sullivan, senior marketing manager for Windows Phone, stated, “No, we do not.”
He went on to add, “We have a strong ecosystem of partners that we are very satisfied with.” This was in reference to the companies that Microsoft has already confirmed will be developing Windows Phone 8 devices, including HTC, Nokia, Samsung, and Huawei.
Perhaps what’s most surprising about this response from Sullivan is that Microsoft typically takes a firm “no comment” stance when asked about rumors, but in this case, Sullivan gave an out and out denial of the plans. Still, Microsoft-manufactured phones may be a remote possibility sometime down the road in the event that the company acquires its close partner, Nokia, but whether or not that will happen remains to be seen.