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If you're hoping to someday lay your hands on a true Surface Phone -- a successor to the now defunct Lumia product line but with more swanky hardware -- it appears as though that ship has already sailed. In a recent interview, Surface Chief Panos Panay reiterated that there are absolutely no plans in store for a traditional Surface smartphone that would go up against the likes of the Apple iPhone or the Samsung Galaxy family of smartphones. Panay made the comments in an interview with Wired, stating, "I wouldn't say that it includes a Surface Phone. I think you have to think about where is that unmet need when you're thinking about your product road-map." However, even though the... Read more...
In some ways, Microsoft's Windows Phone platform feels like a missed opportunity. Had things been executed differently, it might have been big, giving Android and iOS a run for their money. Instead, it struggled to gain any kind of real traction in the marketplace, and Microsoft moved on. The potential of Windows Phone could have been, however, might be realized by the long anticipated Surface Phone, and some recent rumors suggest the device might support Win32 apps if and when it shows up. Microsoft has proven it can compete in hardware with its Surface products, despite a rocky start that saw the Surface RT flounder among more fully featured 2-in-1 devices. The company learned its lesson and... Read more...
  It looks as though Microsoft isn’t going down without a fight against smartphone industry stalwarts like Google and Apple. Google has upwards of 75 percent of the smartphone OS market with Android, and iOS has gobbled up most of the remaining share. Microsoft, by all accounts, has less than 1 percent of the smartphone OS market. However, it would seem that the long-rumored Surface Phone is still “in play” according to Twitter-based leaker WalkingCat. Information was gleaned from an official video posted by Microsoft to a Chinese video-sharing service. According to the report, the smartphone is being developed in two versions: Surface Peking and Surface Slavonia. The leaked info also points... Read more...
For all of Microsoft's successes in hardware (Surface Pro and Surface Book are both great devices), it has never been able to make an impact in the mobile phone market. The failure to do so was underscored at the end of last year when Microsoft decided to stop selling Lumia handsets at its Microsoft Store. Be that as it may, Microsoft has never said it's getting out of the phone hardware business completely. Perhaps the company is waiting for the right moment, or the right innovation. With regards to the latter, a newly published Microsoft patent points to a foldable Surface Phone on the horizon. Microsoft has hinted in the past that it might bring a Surface Phone to market at some point. However,... Read more...
Microsoft may have closed the door on its Lumia family of smartphones, but that doesn’t mean that the company has given up on phones altogether. Mobile represents a huge opportunity for a company like Microsoft — an opportunity that up until this point it has largely squandered. However, a new patent filing reveals that Microsoft could still have a few more tricks up its sleeve; in this case, a folding smartphone. If such a design were to make it to production, it would likely adopt Surface branding, joining the likes of the aerobatic Surface Pro, Surface Book and Surface Studio. Entitled “Mobile Computing Device Having A Flexible Hinge Structure”, the patent shows a smartphone with a side-mounted... Read more...
Microsoft is at somewhat of a crossroads with its mobile division. Earlier this month, CEO Satya Nadella admitted that the company’s recent mobile efforts have been poor at best, stating, “We clearly missed mobile. There is no question.” Not only has Microsoft’s share of the mobile OS market sunk to sub 1 percent levels, but Lumia production has reportedly been put on ice. Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s hardware division has been a complete financial disaster and has result in the firing of thousands of employees. Despite these strong headwinds, Nadella is still convinced that there is a path forward for Microsoft in mobile. Instead of being a follower, he wants Microsoft to use innovation... Read more...
You have a better shot at correctly guessing where Jimmy Hoffa is buried then trying to figure out Microsoft mobile phone strategy. The latter seems to change like the wind, and as it currently stands, there's renewed chatter about Microsoft making a Surface Phone.There was some talk of a Surface Phone back in December of last year. In an episode of Twit, Mary Jo Foley prodded Microsoft's Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela on the prospect of a Surface Phone, and his response was that Microsoft was working on a "breakthough" handset, one that he described as the "spiritual equivalent" of the company's Surface branded products.Caposella isn't some fly-by-night employee at Microsoft, either.... Read more...
Could it be the end of the line for Microsoft’s (and formerly Nokia’s) Lumia brand of smartphones? According to a new report, the upcoming Lumia 650 will be the last smartphone to wear the Lumia branding. The Lumia 650 will reportedly be unveiled on February 1st, and there will likely be little fanfare whatsoever for what could be the end of the Lumia line. Microsoft is expected to announce the smartphone via low-key blog posting, which sounds about right considering that the Lumia 650 doesn’t look like much of an improvement over last year’s Lumia 640.Microsoft Lumia 650 [Image Source: Evan Blass] The rumored specs of the Lumia 650 (RM-1152) include: 5-inch 720p displayQuad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon... Read more...
We all know what Microsoft wants to do with Windows 10. It's supposedly the last monolithic release of Windows and the ultimate plan is to unite hardware from different device categories under a single, universal ecosystem. That includes smartphones, which is an area where Microsoft has historically struggled hard to compete. The release of a premium "Surface Phone" of some sort, however, could prove to be a game changer. Let's back up a moment. Microsoft is aggressively pushing Windows 10 upgrades, and makes no bones about it, all in an effort to get developers on board to build universal Windows 10 cross-platform apps and spur mobile development. In that respect, Microsoft needs to finally... Read more...