Some of the most recent members of the Windows Phone community may not know this, but Microsoft had corralled quite a few partners when it first announced its renewed mobile effort in 2010. One of the earliest participants was none other than ASUS, who built theE600 prototype hardware (pictured above) which was frequently touted by Microsoft to demonstrate the OS. By the time the commercial launch rolled around, ASUS had withdrawn its support — but could the Taiwanese manufacturer be having a change of heart?
It would appear so. The Wall Street Journal spoke to ASUS’s Benson Lin, corporate vice president of mobile communication products, about the company’s interest in Microsoft’s mobile strategy. As it turns out, Lin revealed ASUS is interested in building a Padfone-like device with Windows Phone and Windows 8. For those unfamiliar, the ASUS Padfone is an Android phone that becomes a full-fledged tablet when docking the handset into the larger shell.
Here is Lin’s quote directly from the article:
“With our Padfone concept, the phone plus tablet, I think it makes sense for Windows 8,” Mr. Lin said. “There is no target timeline…but we are interested in making Windows phones.”
Unfortunately as Lin clearly states, the idea remains nothing more than just that for now. Yet with Nokia proving that selling Windows Phones can be profitable and LG also rekindling its interest in the mobile OS, it would appear manufacturers are looking with a more optimistic gaze towards Microsoft’s efforts
Source: Wall Street Journal