Microsoft: Users Will Have Many Phones and Tablets to Choose From

Together with our partners, we’ll build a great product offering, Microsoft says

Microsoft went through a very busy fall, with pretty important launches and new products that play a key role in the company’s long-term devices and services approach.

Besides Windows 8, Microsoft also debuted the Surface tablet and together with it, it started the largest US advertising campaign in its history.

SkyDrive, Skype for Windows 8, a new Xbox Live Service, Windows Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012 are only a few of the products that saw daylight in the last few months.

But there’s more to come, Microsoft said in a new blog post. Together with its partners, the Redmond-based technology giant is working on a long list of devices that would tackle the market in a way never seen before.

Phones, tablets, laptops and desktops running Microsoft software will hit the market in the upcoming months, allowing consumers to choose the one that perfectly suits “their unique needs and personalities.”

“Services such as Xbox LIVE, SkyDrive, Skype and Office make all the things you care about – music, movies, calendars, contacts, e-mail and more – available to you anytime, anywhere and on any device. Our customers also will enjoy the kind of ‘just works’ experiences they want across devices with services like SkyDrive and SmartGlass,” Jeff Meisner, editor, The Official Microsoft Blog, said.

Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer has already revealed that his Redmond-based empire would focus on hardware devices more than ever before, so new products bearing Microsoft’s badge should be expected anytime soon – including a Surface phone and a mini Surface tablet with a 7-inch display and especially developed for gaming purposes.

“Is it fair to say we’re going to do more hardware? Obviously we are” the CEO said in October just before the official Windows 8 launch. “Where we see important opportunities to set a new standard, yeah we’ll dive in.”

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