Panos Panay puts the kibosh on an immediate Surface Phone release

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Apparently, Sams' sources told him that Microsoft wants a hardware and software overhaul before it takes the covers off the so-called Surface Phone. Rather, it's throwing its engineers back into the labs to come out with something that's more up to the standards it keeps for the Surface devices, which we might add are pretty nicely made. Unfortunately, we are afraid Microsoft fans will not be too pleased with what he said, meaning that the petition that was signed earlier might have been a waste.

In an interview with Wired, Microsoft's Surface head Panos Panay confirmed that the company is working on new form factors.

We know this is going to be bad news for those who were hoping to see the mythical Surface Phone hit the market, but in the podcast, when discussing Microsoft's future direction, the executive stated, "Well, I would not say that that includes a Surface Phone". The form factors will wrap around that. "The way people will communicate in the future will change".

Panos Panay puts the kibosh on an immediate Surface Phone release

Panay added that future Surface devices will focus on communication, but not as we now know the word. Launching a traditional smartphone does not align with this strategy and has not worked will with Microsoft in the past.

What do you guys think?

While mocked-up renders of such a device are pure gadget porn, Microsoft has apparently chose to step back from the Surface Phone, or Project Andromeda, as it's reportedly not happy with the quality of the device its made so far.

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