Microsoft will be launching the “ultimate mobile device” in 2017, maybe a Surface phone


The Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella himself has admitted that the company got late to come aboard the mobile train. Up till now it has been playing the catching up game but according to the news appearing on the Internet, Microsoft is planning to launch the “ultimate mobile device” in 2017.

He said to the Australian Financial Review, “We don’t want to be driven by just envy of what others have, the question is, what can we bring? That’s where I look at any device form factor or any technology, even AI. We will continue to be in the phone market not as defined by today’s market leaders, but by what it is that we can uniquely do in what is the most ultimate mobile device. Therefore we stopped doing things that were me-too and started doing things, even if they are today very sub-scale, to be very focused on a specific set of customers who need a specific set of capabilities that are differentiated and that we can do a good job of.”

Right now it is a bit difficult to speculate what would that “ultimate mobile device” be. Could it be a smartphone? A tablet (Microsoft already has it)? To be frank, in the world of technology, nothing is ultimate. Back in 1996 a 486 computer with Microsoft Windows 3.11 was the “ultimate”. Even the first iPod was ultimate from Apple’s perspective.

What would be ultimate for me?

A mobile device with a decent screen size that can act as a mobile phone, a small tablet and an e-book reader. Yes, you already can read e-books in your mobile phones and tablets but I don’t mean that. I mean something like the Kindle Reader. At will, I should be able to change the display to normal display or e-ink display. For the time being, that would be ultimate. Another ultimate thing would be the ability to use cross-platform apps. I should be able to use all my Android apps in the Windows 10 “ultimate” mobile device seamlessly.

An indestructible mobile phone (along with the features mentioned above) would be another feature of an “ultimate” mobile device. I shouldn’t have to use a screen guard or a mobile protection case. The skin should be scratch proof.

Data security, yes. Only I should be able to use my phone or the people in the family whom I have authorized.

Another feature that would give me the impression of using an “ultimate mobile device” would be to be able to hook it onto any laptop or computer and use it as a PC. You should be able to completely take over the existing operating system environment.

The voice features in most of the phones are not up to the mark. Sometimes, while dictating or while giving commands, you have to make multiple corrections or give the commands repeatedly. Talking to your mobile device should be like talking to another human being. It hasn’t happened yet.

What’s your idea of having the “ultimate mobile device”? Do share your opinion in the comments section.


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