Microsoft has reaffirmed that it has no plans to enter the smartphone market with its own-branded Windows Phone 8 handsets. Rumours that it would do so surfaced after the announcement of the Microsoft Surface Windows 8 tablet.
Microsoft senior marketing manager Greg Sullivan denied the rumours in an interview with Information Week. When asked whether Microsoft had any plans to follow-up the Surface tablet with phones, Sullivan said simply "No, we do not". While a company's own denial is never exactly a seal of truth, Microsoft's reliance on other manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, Huawei, and of course Nokia ,is what the Windows Phone platform has fed off to date.
Sullivan mentioned the importance of these partnerships, saying, "We have a strong ecosystem of partners that we are very satisfied with."
Greg Sullivan, stepping out with a Nokia Lumia
Companies that have confirmed their plans to produce "first wave" Windows Phone 8 devices include HTC, Samsung, Nokia and Huawei. The new OS is due to launch later this year, most likely after October. Important upgrades over Windows Phone 7 include greater hardware flexibility, allowing higher-res screens and multi-core processors, and a more versatile UI that's comparable with the Windows 8 Metro interface.
via Information Week