The revelation of the Microsoft Surface, Microsoftâ€™s own-branded tablet, has sparked of rumours of Microsoft also producing their own Windows Phone also, Reuters reports.
"Our industry sources tell us that Microsoft may be working with a contract manufacturer to develop their own handset for Windows Phone 8," wrote Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund in a note to clients on Thursday.
"It is unclear to us whether this would be a reference platform or whether this may be a go-to market Microsoft-branded handset," wrote Sherlund, who covered Microsoft for Goldman Sachs when the bank brought Microsoft public in 1986.
Microsoft however signalled that the story was just hot air, with a spokesman saying the company was a "big believer in our hardware partners and together we’re focused on bringing Windows Phone 8 to market this year."
Microsoft has of course flirted with making their own smartphone before, with the Kin being pretty close to an unmitigated disaster.
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