Do Microsoft’s Surface Tablets Foretell The Company’s Own Windows Phone 8 Hardware?

This week’s reveal of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Surface tablets marked a renewed interest from the company in mobile device hardware. While it’s now clear that Microsoft will be taking a leading role in that hardware ecosystem, could the news of these devices cause ripples that spread over to Windows Phone 8, signaling a similar interest in Microsoft-branded hardware? One analyst thinks so, citing reports from industry sources.

After the embarrassment that was Microsoft Kin, we understand the company’s hesitation to dive right back in to the mobile hardware game. Instead, it’s been acting as a conductor of sorts for the Windows Phone 7 devices we’ve seen emerge, directing the evolution of the platform’s hardware while still keeping an arm’s length.

A lot of talk about the move to a new kernel in WP8 has focused on what it will mean for integration with Windows 8, and offering its own WP8 hardware would seem like a great way for Microsoft to push the whole Windows 8 “package”, where users spend their entire online lives within the company’s family of products.

As to whether or not Microsoft would actually come out with its own smartphone, that’s a pretty tough call to make without some hard evidence supporting it, but we’ll concede that it no longer seems like the certain impossibility that it may have just one year ago.

Source: Business Insider
Via: BGR

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!