Microsoft will not build Windows smartphones

Microsoft will not build Windows smartphones

A Microsoft source has confirmed that it has no plans to manufacture its own company-branded smartphones, despite rumours to the contrary.

Greg Sullivan, senior marketing manager for Windows Phone, said that the tech giant will not be entering the smartphone market in the near future.

Builders of Windows Phone 8 devices include HTC, Nokia, Samsung, and Huawei.

"We have a strong ecosystem of partners that we are very satisfied with," Sullivan revealed.

The denial of plans to build a company-branded device is significant as in the past Microsoft officials have always refused to comment on speculation surrounding the firm.

Rumours of a possible Microsoft device arose after the tech giant announced plans to make its own line of tablets, known as Surface.

Last week, Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund last week released a note to clients in which he said Microsoft has a deal with a contract manufacturer to produce Windows Phone 8 phones.