Microsoft's Panos Panay recently spoke with The Verge about the company's Surface Phone which he seemed extremely excited about.
"It's absolutely my baby," Panay enthused in the interview, being significantly less evasive about the existence of the product than he and many Microsoft employees had been in the past.
Despite this confirmation of its existence though, Panay followed up by reminding readers that there was no ETA yet for the Windows phone follow-up and that Microsoft is still waiting for the right time to launch it so that it can be a success and, more importantly, actually wanted by consumers.
"We will invent and we will create when products are right. We can’t bring new categories into the world and not be a place where customers need it," he stated. "I think there’s a lot of new form factors that are coming in the future."
Microsoft's follow-up to the Windows phone has yet to be officially announced though patent filings and leaks have all but confirmed that it exists and will at least feature a dual-screen form factor and possibly support for a Surface Pen-type stylus.
The name, Surface Phone, has been used for a while now as has Surface Mobile in several reports. Officially, the product has been codenamed Project Andromeda while it's in development and testing. Earlier this week some references to the Andromeda operating system were found in Windows 10 Language Packs.
Of course, it could be years before Microsoft releases a Surface Phone, Surface Mobile, or whatever they end up calling it. It could even be cancelled altogether.
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