Sony had recently announced that they would be selling off their VAIO PC division to a Japanese investment firm who would continue producing VAIO computers, except that its availability would be limited to Japan at the moment. Considering that the VAIO PC division was pretty much the only division in Sony that ran Microsoft’s Windows platform, does that mean that Sony is done with Windows completely? Well yes and no. Speaking in Tokyo, Sony’s CEO Kazuo Hirai confirmed (via ASCII) that Windows for PC is not part of Sony’s future, but the good news is that they might not discount Windows for mobile entirely.
“Windows products will go to the new company,” he said, and at the same time reaffirmed Sony’s commitment to mobile, such as smartphones and tablets. “In the mobile arena, we decided that it is essential now to concentrate on smartphones and tablets.” Hirai goes on to state that “Microsoft has various OSes, including mobile. So, as Sony, we will consider new product development going forward,” hinting that Sony could consider the Windows Phone platform in the future. Assuming we are reading in between the lines correctly, this seems to corroborate the rumors that Sony could be looking to develop a Windows Phone handset (or handsets) for 2014.
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