Microsoft makes Windows Phone software. Nokia makes Windows Phone hardware. Microsoft just bought Nokia. No need for other OEMs right? Not exactly. Microsoft may make their own PC hardware with the Surface family of devices, but for the foreseeable future you’ll still have PC choices from other OEMs. What about Windows Phone?
Terry Myerson was once in charge of Windows Phone. Since Microsoft started their transition earlier this summer, he’s now in charge of operating systems – Windows, Windows Phone, etc. He shared some thoughts on blog post. But the question a few OEMs might be asking is if they’ll still be able to make Windows Phone devices. The answer? Yes. Here’s what he mentions:
“Today’s announcement doesn’t change that – acquiring Nokia’s Devices group will help make the market for all Windows Phones, from Microsoft or our OEM partners.”
So don’t worry about not being able to buy a Windows Phone device from other OEMs in the near future. They’ll still have the option.
Source: Windows Blog