Microsoft considering ‘Surface Phone,’ but not this year

Surface phone mockup (Deviant Art)

Microsoft won’t release its own Windows Phone device this year, sources have told The Verge. Multiple insiders have confirmed there are no plans to introduce a Microsoft-branded Windows Phone device before the end of 2012, but that the company is likely considering it as a “Plan B.” Microsoft officials continue issuing non-denials about a potential Surface phone. “We are big believers in our hardware partners and together we’re focused on bringing Windows Phone 8 to market with them,” a spokesperson tells us.

Microsoft’s initial introduction of its Surface tablets hinted at the start of Microsoft-made hardware. Although speculation has persisted about a Microsoft Surface phone, we understand recent rumors about Microsoft’s own phone…

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