ZD Net reports Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer once again hinted that more hardware is on the way, and that the firm is moving to become a "devices and services" company.
And then nothing but a deathly quiet from the company. No word on what, when, or even why. This time around, however, he throws in a bit more meat to the bones of the rumors that Microsoft is building more devices.
"Do I anticipate that partners of ours will build the lion's share of all Windows devices over the next five years? The answer is, absolutely," Ballmer said, speaking at a technology industry event in California yesterday, according to Reuters. "With that said, it is absolutely clear that there is an innovation opportunity on the scene between hardware and software and that is a scene that must not go unexploited at all by Microsoft."
Ballmer said the Redmond-based software giant will take the opportunity to look at how the firm could launch more devices by exploiting its position as not a strictly software or hardware maker, but a company a provider of both and cloud-based services -- a so-called "devices and services" firm.