Based on our first impression of the Microsoft Surface tablet, we have to say that we were pretty pleased with it, namely with its high quality build. That being said these sentiments were shared by many who got to try it out themselves which has us wondering if Microsoft could be looking to create more of its own hardware in the future. Recent rumors have suggested that Microsoft could be looking to make its own Windows Phone handset despite Microsoft’s initial denial, but it looks as though Microsoft-made hardware could start popping up more frequently in the future.

This was revealed by Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer, in a shareholder letter where he basically stated that Microsoft’s customers should expect a “fundamental shift” in the future, and that they should also expect to see Microsoft make “specific devices for specific purposes” from time to time (think Microsoft Surface tablet and the Xbox gaming console). Of course there was no mention of a Windows Phone device, but seeing where this could be headed, it’s not a possibility we will rule out for now. In the meantime what do you guys think? We doubt Microsoft’s manufacturing partners will be too pleased to hear about this!

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