Following up on this, a few more thoughts.
My friend told me the Surface Phone would launch with the Surface Pro 4, and the Surface Book (which he didn’t tell me was a laptop, bastard), all of which he has seen personally.
Clearly, he has no idea what he is talking about.
But, given everything, there are reasons why Microsoft would release a phone that ran Windows (not Windows Mobile).
It would not make sense if there was a vibrant Windows Mobile market. But there isn’t. 98% of it is Lumia. Lumia is nice but not great. No one is making a Windows Mobile phone. Microsoft killed Windows RT, even though it was a great idea, because no one wanted it.
No one cares about Universal apps. No one cares about Windows Mobile. Panos wants top of the line, blow your mind experiences. A Surface Phone that runs Windows Mobile doesn’t do that. A Surface Phone that runs Windows itself puts Windows in your pocket, then the Universal apps can run on iOS and Android. I’m thinking Office in particular here.
So, that’s it. A Microsoft Surface Phone, running Windows 10, coming out in May 2016.
I have zero proof for this, of course. But, it’s coming. Maybe.