There has been a lot of speculation about a coming Surface Phone, with even Nokia hedging against it as a future risk.
In an interview with Pocket-lint however Casey McGee, Microsoft’s senior marketing manager for Windows Phone, claimed that the team felt no need to create their own phone, as they felt a sense of ownership of all the Windows Phones released, especially Nokia’s handsets.
"We enjoy having the variety that we do. We are so close to the process that it feels like our child too. Especially with Nokia," he said.
He went on to confirm that they had some influence over the design and development of each phone, saying:
"Our relationship is so close we get hardware early and we have some say in how these things are designed. For an engineer or a designer it might feel a little bit different, but I think for people working with the developers and talking broadly about the phone I am very happy with the relationship and the ability to influence what they are doing."
This is of course not news, and explains why we have not seen any major Windows Phone monstrosities. It is interesting however that Microsoft feels so close to Nokia, when the HTC 8X was said to be built in very close collaboration with Microsoft, especially when it came to design. I guess we now know who the red-headed step-child is…