Major tech companies such as Apple and Samsung are poised to start selling smartphones that cost significantly more than $1,000. Here is how those devices could boost Microsoft's alleged Surface phone.
Windows 10 Mobile is effectively a mere testing ground for cellular and ARM capabilities destined for Microsoft's potential Windows 10 on ARM "Surface phone." Windows phone fans, you're the unpaid beta testers.
Apples consumer-focused strategy wrested the smartphone market from Microsoft and is doing the same with AR. A company-supported Surface phone with AR glasses, pen and a suite of "Surface apps" may be Microsoft's last hope.
Microsoft bet big on Continuum's ability to give a phone a desktop experience. Modernized Win32 apps via Project Centennial and UWP are critical to that scenario, so getting developers on board with Windows S is a necessity.
What if Microsoft could convince developers that there is a single "mobile" platform to develop for, rather than three distinct platforms, iOS, Android and the oft-neglected Windows? That should be exactly what the 'Xamarin' tools do.
Microsoft's CEO has promised an ultimate mobile device. Speculation abounds about what that device might look like and what strategy the company could use to promote it. We have some ideas, and we'd love to hear yours, as well.