Even as Microsoft is trying to get more people to buy its Windows Phone devices, a major executive at Lenovo hints that Microsoft's strategy for offering many of its software on several platforms could make it harder for it to sell Windows Phones in the long run.
In an interview with V3, Lenovo's vice president and general manager for Northern Europe, David McQuarrie, said that the company is still thinking about offering a device from its recently acquired Motorola division on Windows Phone:
"There is an ongoing evaluation of what platforms we should be offering. We are a huge Microsoft partner on PCs, tablets and servers, and we continue to evaluate the ecosystem. If it makes sense, you could potentially see a Windows phone from us,"
Lenovo has already revealed plans to sell a Windows Phone product, under its own name, in China sometime later this year. However, McQuarrie also believes that Microsoft's efforts to launch versions of Office, Outlook and other apps for iOS, and especially Android, make it easier for the company to sell an Android smartphone and a Windows laptop to businesses:
"With the phones that we have today, and the move by Microsoft to make Office applications freely available on Android, the gap between a Windows PC and an Android device shrank dramatically," he explained. "I use an Android phone and a Windows laptop and now I can open all my Office documents on my phone in a Microsoft app. The fact that it isn't a Windows Phone is irrelevant, so the move by Microsoft has made it far easier for us to sell a combined solution to business."