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Ballmer says Microsoft will ‘obviously’ make more hardware after Surface tablet

Published Oct 25th, 2012 8:25AM EDT
Nokia CEO Strategy

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Original equipment manufacturers are about to get even more competition from Microsoft (MSFT). In an interview with BBC News, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that his company will “obviously” produce more hardware in the future “where we see important opportunities to set a new standard.” Microsoft’s decision to build its Surface tablet on its own rankled some of its OEM partners who feel that Microsoft is pushing itself into their territory. In addition to the Surface, Microsoft is also working on building its own smartphone that could be released some time in early 2013.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.