"New things are coming" from Microsoft and HTC collaboration

Microsoft spent some time today at the Computex expo in Taiwan talking up its hardware ecosystem, and the dazzling array of devices on offer from its hardware partners. The company's Nick Parker (Corporate Vice President, OEM Division) showed off a bunch of Windows PCs in all sorts of form factors, along with a range of Windows Phones from manufacturers new to the platform. 

At a press conference after his Computex keynote, Parker was asked a question about the company's existing hardware partners. As CNET reports, he replied: "I'd love to break some news here if I could. But instead I'll just say that Microsoft will continue to have a great relationship with HTC." Intriguingly, he added: "New things are coming, so get excited." 

Rumours have been swirling for some time that a new Windows Phone is on the way from HTC. Back in March, it seemed that the company was preparing to launch a WP version of its new One M8 flagship, but more recent reports suggest that this device, which is expected to be called the W8, will actually be based on a different - and as yet unseen - Android handset.

The Android-based A9 is said to be a "high-specification" device but with a mid-range price tag, and if the W8 follows in that handset's footsteps as suggested, it could make for quite a compelling Windows Phone package. It is expected to launch on Verizon sometime in Q3 of this year. 

HTC hasn't launched a new handset with Microsoft's mobile OS since Windows Phone 8 launched in late 2012, unless you count the mildly tweaked 8XT that it customized for Sprint last year. The company said in February that it would "continue to partner with Microsoft", but today's remarks from Nick Parker are the first official indication that we have heard for some time that this partnership is still alive and well. 

Source: CNET 

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Stokkolm said,
You would prefer a HTC over a Nokia?

Over the Lumia, heck yeah, I have a 920 for work, don't like it. An Icon/930, now that's a different story, I do like those, but AT&T doesn't have those either.

HTC being a minor player in the US won't help. MSFT needs to court samsung back. Samsung is looking at Tizen again and this time more seriously. This signals friction with google. MSFT should focus on getting samsung to balance google with WP, give samsung what it wants: control. Free them from the shackles of the googlopoly demands and make WP more attractive to them. After all if samsung thinks people buy their brand and android is just a badly written set of device drives consumers truly don't care for, then it shouldn't matter what OS they support on their devices and WP certainly has a lesser app gap to android compared to tizen.

neonspark said,
HTC being a minor player in the US won't help. MSFT needs to court samsung back. Samsung is looking at Tizen again and this time more seriously. This signals friction with google. MSFT should focus on getting samsung to balance google with WP, give samsung what it wants: control. Free them from the shackles of the googlopoly demands and make WP more attractive to them. After all if samsung thinks people buy their brand and android is just a badly written set of device drives consumers truly don't care for, then it shouldn't matter what OS they support on their devices and WP certainly has a lesser app gap to android compared to tizen.

Actually, if Sammy does decide to go Tizen, then that's bad news for Google and Android. All Microsoft needs is to get Samsung to stop making Android devices and the marketshare for Android WILL drop significantly. Whereas, WP looks to be gaining a lot of momentum. My contract for the 920 is due to finish in December so I am hoping for something new from either HTC or Microsoft/Nokia by that time. Already have a 1520 as well and WILL NOT BE GOING TO A SMALLER SCREEN AFTER THAT. CANNOT GO TO A SMALLER SCREEN.

red hook said,
how would this Surface phone differ from the Nokia Lumia models?

have you ever seen some of the Concept art for a Surface Phone ?
Hell just the Concept Art looks better then anything HTC have pulled out :D

I hadn't been excited about Microsoft products since the days of XP. After XP, there was nothing else that Microsoft release that I wish to lay my eyes on (or my hands on). :p

Krome said,
I hadn't been excited about Microsoft products since the days of XP. After XP, there was nothing else that Microsoft release that I wish to lay my eyes on (or my hands on). :p

+920

Krome said,
I hadn't been excited about Microsoft products since the days of XP. After XP, there was nothing else that Microsoft release that I wish to lay my eyes on (or my hands on). :p

And now you are excited? Or still not excited? Hard to tell and we need to know!

dr_crabman said,

And now you are excited? Or still not excited? Hard to tell and we need to know!
lol nothing after XP would excites me :p I do wish for a 4K monitor tho. But, even if Microsoft release some 4k monitors, it isn't something that would excites me cos other company is capable of making better products.

For the purpose of learning about new technology trends. All these responds felt like I am about to be hammered-down.

I was not trolling. I was expressing the fact that any products that came after Windows XP does not have much of the thrill factor for me to get excited. I think you're too entrenched with the "trolling" mentality. I have no intention of trolling. I am expressing my null interests in the products after a certain time period. No safe way for me to express my personal interests these days.

Krome said,
I was not trolling. I was expressing the fact that any products that came after Windows XP does not have much of the thrill factor for me to get excited. I think you're too entrenched with the "trolling" mentality. I have no intention of trolling. I am expressing my null interests in the products after a certain time period. No safe way for me to express my personal interests these days.

He didn't say you were trolling, he said he was going to stop trolling you.

Anyway, I think the most exciting times were during Longhorn development. Back in those days everything was kept secret and the promise of amazing innovation always kept me wanting more. I remember installing a Longhorn build from before they scrapped it and started over and being very excited and then again when the Vista beta was released.

Krome said,
I was not trolling. I was expressing the fact that any products that came after Windows XP does not have much of the thrill factor for me to get excited. I think you're too entrenched with the "trolling" mentality. I have no intention of trolling. I am expressing my null interests in the products after a certain time period. No safe way for me to express my personal interests these days.

I am curious. You say you were thrilled about Windows XP. Does that also mean you felt it was a great product? What about Windows 7, even though you didn't find it to be thrilling, do you think it's a bad product? Windows 8 I can understand if you don't like it. It's not for everyone, but Windows 7 was generally well received and is a big step up from XP.

Windows 7 is by far way better OS than Windows XP. I am currently using Windows 7 btw. When I refer to Windows XP, I am referring to the leap Microsoft made during that time and after that time onward, there was no leaping technology to really "get excited" about. The only leaping technology on the OS is the opaque (glass-like) feature. But besides that, XP was in every way superior to Windows 95 in many many ways. That is why it's was an "exciting" thing by Microsoft. So my point is, whatever is this new thing about the HTC isn't something that will excite me.

When Apple came out with iPhone, it was radically different than any smart phone at that time. Prior to the iPhone, every single smart phone has the same feel and look. When iPhone came out, there was no keyboard. It was a leap in the way a future phone looks like. That "HUGE" leap is what excite people.

"New things are coming" from Microsoft and HTC collaboration <-- is not going to be a huge leap. Microsoft just don't have that "exciting" factor since XP.