In the latest episode of the Make Me Smart podcast (Episode 15), Molly Wood sat down with Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, and discussed a variety of issues. Among the different topics covered was Microsoft's current stance on mobile phones and if the company would create more phones in the future.
After some brief mentions of Microsoft's many iOS and Android apps and the Windows 10 Mobile devices being made by HP, Nadella did admit that they would be making more mobile devices in the future yet was quick to specify that whatever they make would likely not be a basic mobile phone and would be a reimagining of the mobile phone concept.
"We're looking for what's the next change in form and function. What we've done with Surface is a good example," Nadella says when asked about Microsoft's phone ambitions. "No one before us thought of two-in-ones but we created that category and made it a successful category to the point where there are more two-in-ones coming and that's what we want to do. So when you say, 'Will we [you] make more phones?' I'm sure we'll make more phones but they will not look like [the] phones that are there today."
These comments about an evolution of the mobile form factor, or even the creation of a new device category, echo Nadella's comments made last year during an interview with the Australian Financial Review where he said Microsoft "will continue to be in the phone market not as defined by today's market leaders, but by what it is that [they] can uniquely do in what is the most ultimate mobile device."
Microsoft has yet to properly reveal exactly what they're planning in regards to their mobile plans but rumors of a Surface Phone have been circulating for over a year now with most reports suggesting that it could arrive before the end of 2017. These are just rumors though.
What form do you think Microsoft's new mobile device could take and when do you predict it will get released? Let us know in the comments below.