Terry Myerson
Terry Myerson

The Microsoft executive who leads the company’s Windows Phone group, this morning came very close to outright denying any plans by Microsoft to come out with its own smartphone hardware, despite past reports that it was moving in that direction.

Speaking at the All Things D “Dive Into Mobile” conference, Microsoft corporate vice president Terry Myerson was asked by journalist Ina Fried about the possibility of Microsoft developing a “Surface Phone” — an extension of its Surface tablet line.

“It would have to be something where Nokia or HTC was not providing the consumer experience we think is possible with our platform,” said Myerson, according to reports by Business Insider and The Verge. All see this report from All Things D.

He went on to say that the company doesn’t see the need to develop its own Windows Phone at this point. Instead, he said, Microsoft is aiming to “richly differentiate” Windows Phone by investing in deeper integration of other Microsoft services, such as Office and Xbox.

Talking about Android, Myerson said, “Android, you know, is kind of a mess. Samsung… you know, there’s clearly mutiny in Starship Android. The only OEM making money off Android is Samsung.”

See the full live blog from the Verge here, including a subsequent interview with Google’s Eric Schmidt.




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  • guest

    Congrats to Terry on showing up in public so that we know he’s still there. Now he can get back to doing what he does for most of the year, namely being the most invisible MS senior executive outside of Qi Lee, while running a group that is equally slow, unresponsive, and unsuccessful in the market.

  • guest

    That “mess” obliterated MS’s decade head start in smartphones inside two years, and continues to outsell it’s latest greatest efforts by much more than an order of magnitude. And whatever problems Samsung has with Google, it hasn’t seen them focus more on their WP offerings. Terry likes to talk about his group being a startup. If they were, they’d be out of business by now. Until he demonstrates that MS’s mobile products can win in the marketplace, a little bit of respect for competitors who have is probably in order.

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