Now that MIcrosoft has jumped into the computer hardware business with its announcement that it will be making its own tablets called Surface, speculation is beginning on whether the company might start making other computing hardware products too.
Rick Sherlund, an analyst with research firm Nomura, issued a note to clients today in which he said “We would not be surprised if MSFT were to decide to bring their own handset to market next year given that MSFT has decided to bring to market their own Windows 8 tablet/PC products.”
Sherlund said his industry sources told him Microsoft may be working with a contract manufacturer to develop its own Windows Phone 8 handset, though he didn’t know whether this would be a device that would be sold to the public or a reference design.
If Microsoft does indeed start producing its own handsets for sale — wow, poor Nokia. (Or, might MIcrosoft buy Nokia?)