Microsoft May Be Developing Its Own Smartphone
Microsoft is testing a smartphone with Asian component suppliers that it designed, reports the Wall Street Journal. Citing sources familiar with Microsoft's plans, the Journal says that the Redmond-based company is developing a Windows Phone handset with a screen that measures between four and five inches. Microsoft has not determined if it will move forward with any such plans. Traditionally, Microsoft licenses its operating system (Windows Phone) to hardware makers such as HTC, Samsung, and Nokia. These third-party OEMs then make their own smartphones using Microsoft's platform. Were Microsoft to develop its own hardware in addition to the software, it would break with the company's traditional business model. Microsoft did not comment on the Journal's story.
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