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November 2, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Microsoft testing own smartphone design, report says

Ever since Microsoft announced Surface, its first branded computing device, rumors have swirled that the company would eventually release its own branded smartphone as well.

Those rumors seem to have to taken a step closer to reality with a report in The Wall Street Journal that says Microsoft is working with component suppliers in Asia to test its own smartphone design.

The Journal, citing officials at some of Microsoft’s parts suppliers who declined to be named, also reports that Microsoft hasn’t decided whether it will mass produce any such device.

Terry Myerson, head of the Windows Phone division, said in an interview earlier this week when asked about the possibility of Microsoft offering its own smartphone, that: “We’re a big believer in our hardware partners and we’re working with them right now in launching Windows Phone 8.”

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