Microsoft’s grand entrance into the tablet market
with Surface hasn’t gone over so well with some
of the company’s traditional hardware partners.
But judging by statements CEO Steve Ballmer
made in an interview with BBC News, those
concerns won’t stop Microsoft from expanding its
device portfolio. In fact, Ballmer makes it
abundantly clear you can expect to see new
products in the future. “Is it fair to say we’re
going to do more hardware? Obviously we are,”
Ballmer said. “Where we see important
opportunities to set a new standard, yeah we’ll
dive in.”
Baller wouldn’t delve into specifics with the BBC,
but his language hints he wasn’t merely referring
to building new keyboards or mice. “We have
committed ourselves on a path where we will do
whatever is required from both a hardware and a
software innovation perspective and the cloud
innovation perspective in order to propel the
vision that we have,” he said. We already know
Microsoft is kicking around the idea of a home-
grown Windows Phone device, but as for other
areas Ballmer and Co. think they can break new
ground, your guess is as good as ours.



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