Microsoft Windows 8 seems to be the mobile operating system which is rising upwards in the Android and iOS governed market. After HTC and Nokia launching smartphones operating on Microsoft Windows 8, it is being rumoured that Microsoft will develop a smartphone with aspirations to move into mobile hardware.
The China Times and Boy Genius Report claimed that Microsoft has contracted smartphone developers and assemblers in China to build a Microsoft-branded Windows Phone 8 phone for sale sometime next year. This is not the first incident when rumours about Microsoft developing a smartphone have surfaced; in June the same rumours had made their way to the top.
Though there has been no official confirmation from Microsoft, industry insiders believe that Microsoft is secretly building a smartphone. The official statement of Microsoft said, “We are big believers in our hardware partners and together we’re focused on bringing Windows Phone 8 to market with them.”
It is alleged that Microsoft plans to release the smartphone in a few months to compete against iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III and other high-end phones. Microsoft has already made plans to sell Surface tablets after its launch on October 26 which caused a flutter in the industry as the move was not welcomed by Microsoft’s hardware partners.
The success of Surface might also ascertain the Redmond-based company’s intentions about a smartphone. If the rumours about the smartphone turn out to be true Microsoft will directly enter in competition with its hardware partners. This poses a serious concern, Will the result of that competition be in the favour of the technological world?