Steve Ballmer confirms they will be making more hardware

imageIn an interview with the BBC Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed that they will be perusing more hardware products after the Surface, saying:

"Is it fair to say we’re going to do more hardware? Obviously we are… Where we see important opportunities to set a new standard, yeah we’ll dive in."

Speculation is of course for a Surface phone, a device that has recently been rumoured after Microsoft’s partnership with Nokia failed to set the Windows Phone world on fire.

"We have committed ourselves on a path where we will do whatever is required from both a hardware and a software innovation perspective and the cloud innovation perspective in order to propel the vision that we have," he said.

Chris Green, principal technology analyst at Davies Murphy Group Europe, is convinced work is already underway on a Surface Phone but added that it might never go on sale.

"Microsoft is hedging its bets," he said.

"The firm is heavily invested in Nokia succeeding with its Windows Phone handsets but can’t allow for its failure to torpedo the platform."

Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop has claimed to be unperturbed if such a handset did see the light of day.

"[It would be] a stimulant to the ecosystem," he told analysts on a recent conference call transcribed by news site Seeking Alpha.

"We’re encouraging HTC, and Samsung, and Microsoft or whomever, to have devices in the market and to be making whatever investments that help spur the ecosystem on," he said.

Do our readers think Microsoft needs its own Surface phone, and will this even be the best Windows Phone on the market? Let us know below.


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