Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) is still in talks with Sony about Windows Phone

Posted Jan 11, 2014

Sony Corporation has reported that they are talking to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) about building Windows Phone devices. Sony has been heavily focused on building Android-based smartphones over the last few years.

“We are continuing our discussions with other partners, including Microsoft, as part of our partnership with this company on the broader Sony spectrum,” stated Sony Mobile Europe head Pierre Perron in an interview with TechRadar. “[Working with Microsoft] is an interesting proposition for us in the PC environment, and we continue our engagement with them.”

“We are exploring this as part of our discussion in mobile space too. One thing is using the platform [Windows Phone] itself, and another is ‘what can we deliver on top of it’?” he added.

If a Sony and Microsoft deal goes through, it would not be the first time that Sony built phones with Microsoft software. Sony launched a Windows Mobile device in 2008 called the Xperia X1. The X2 was supposed to be a follow-up, but Sony dropped that device in favor of Android devices.

Perron said that they are interested in talking to Microsoft because the company does not want to be a single OS manufacturer.

“We enjoy very much a good collaboration with Google, we’ve been working with them for a long time and have a level of maturity with that discussion, that’s good. But at the same time, Google has a relationship with direct competitors,” added Perron in the interview.