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Microsoft Reportedly Working On Its Own Smartphone 215

According to a (paywalled) report in the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is experimenting with its own smartphone design. "Officials at some of Microsoft's parts suppliers, who declined to be named, said the Redmond, Wash.-based company is testing a smartphone design but isn't sure if a product will go into mass production." The article continues: "If Microsoft pushes ahead with its mobile phone, it would underscore how far Microsoft has moved away from its long-standing practice of making software and leaving decisions about design, features and marketing of the computing hardware to partners such as Hewlett-Packard or Samsung Electronics. ... As it does so, Microsoft pulls from a modified playbook of Apple—whose hardware-plus-software approach Microsoft officials long have scorned. ... Smartphones running Microsoft's two-year-old Windows Phone operating software for cellphones haven't sold well, and Microsoft may want to leave itself an option to test whether its own phone would spur sales."
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Microsoft Reportedly Working On Its Own Smartphone

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  • by Andy Prough ( 2730467 ) on Friday November 02, 2012 @06:28PM (#41859507)
    The case will be a pleasant earthy-brown color.
  • by hairyfeet ( 841228 ) <bassbeast1968 AT gmail DOT com> on Saturday November 03, 2012 @09:30AM (#41863977) Journal

    Oh please! The triple E strategy actually requires planning and thought...from Steve Ballmer? Are you serious?

    Here is the "New MSFT Strategy" under Steve Ballmer..."What does Apple do? Well we'll do that too, only it'll be half assed, half baked, and poorly thought out...yeah that'll work"...Look at how pathetic the apps on Win 8 and WinRT are, think Jobs would have allowed that shit? Hell think Gates would have allowed that shit?

    Ballmer is a disaster, MSFT is a trainwreck, they are throwing crap at a wall and hoping something sticks. if half assed ripoff of Apple don't work they are gonna go for FULL ASS ripoff of Apple. Of course this is completely ignoring Apple is a premium brand, and MSFT is about as "premium" as a 76 Pinto, Apple has good resale value to make up for part of the high price, used MSFT crap is worthless, yeah EEE from Ballmer? That would require planning and thought, never happen with the sweaty one in the big chair. Instead what we get is one half baked Apple ersatz after another, Zune, Kin, Sidekick, WinPhone 7, now WinRT and MSFT branded WinPhones...yeah because the carriers don't ALREADY HATE YOU because you bought Skype...what a fucking moron Ballmer is! He is gonna have warehouses full of this shit, just as he had crate after crate of feces brown Zunes.

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