For the past few years, speculation about a Surface phone has only intensified despite the failure of the platform on which it would run. I don't know if Microsoft still plans to release this device. But it shouldn't do so.
Recent Surface phone Stories
With Microsoft set to end Surface 3 manufacturing this year---Brad broke that story last night---I have a few thoughts about the end of this little device and what Microsoft might have planned for the future.
Microprocessor giant Intel has had an even harder time adapting to today's mobile computing world than Microsoft. And the latest evidence is a just-announced cancellation of an Atom processor designed for smart phones and tablets ... which I think has big ramifications for a rumored Intel-based Surface phone.
A leaked internal email allegedly written by Microsoft executive vice president Terry Myerson states that the software giant is committed to supporting the beleaguered Windows 10 Mobile for many years. This is good news, but the email also confirms that Microsoft will continue its exit from the phone market.
I spend an inordinate amount of time fretting about Windows phone. But I'm increasingly convinced that the future of this platform is tied to the success of Windows 10, and that these "phones," as we now call them, simply become very small Windows 10 Mobile PCs.
While a lot of things were going through my mind as I listened to HP justify its Elite x3 Windows phone, the one thing I kept coming back to was this: Given the incredible specs and extensibility of HP's new handset, how can a rumored Surface phone even compete?