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access_time November 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM in Mobile by Ramon Aranda

Is Microsoft Working on a Windows Smartphone?

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft is allegedly testing out their own self-branded Windows Phone 8 smartphone, as sources told the publicatoin that Asian component supplies are testing out prototypes.

The sources told WSJ that the display being tested out is between four and five inches, but Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO declined to comment on that specifically to the newspaper.

“We’re quite happy this holiday [season] going to market hard with Nokia, Samsung and HTC,” Ballmer told the Journal. “Whether we had a plan to do something different or we didn’t have a plan I wouldn’t comment in any dimension,” he concluded.

Last week, Microsoft officially launched Windows Phone 8, which has smartphone support by HTC, Nokia and Samsung.


  • Brett Day November 2, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    There is no doubt they are, but it is just whether they have enough moxy to really stick it to the current handset manufacturers. Looking at how Acer has responded to Windows 8 and the Surface Tablet, one would have to think that HTC, Samsung, and Nokia in particular would respond negatively to a Microsoft handset.

  • Ramon Aranda November 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Will be interesting to see if they pull the trigger. Really liking the HTC 8X though.

    • Brett Day November 2, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      I think Ballmer will do it. I have had the privilege of speaking with him a few times, and he comes across as the kind of guy who has the cahones to do it…..eventually. Windows Phone will be a success in the future, but I really think MS will need to step up and show current handset manufacturers what can be done with the platform. Glad you like the 8X. I have always loved WP and love my Lumia 900. Looking forward to the 7.8 update.

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