Microsoft boss confirms plans to release 'more devices'
Steve Ballmer, the chief executive of software giant Microsoft, has confirmed he plans to release more devices.
"Is it fair to say we're going to do more hardware? Obviously we are... Where we see important opportunities to set a new standard, yeah we'll dive in," Ballmer said.
According to the BBC, Ballmer's comments came ahead of a Windows 8 launch event in New York, following which Microsoft's Surface tablet will go on sale.
Windows 8 is a radical update to Microsoft's core product. The operating system introduces a touchscreen-controlled interface featuring tiles.
According to the report, Ballmer caused a stir when he revealed in June that his company was making its own family of tablet computers, one offering extended battery-life powered by an Arm-based chip, the other using Intel's technology to offer a deeper Windows experience.
Until now, Microsoft had focused on software and relied on third-parties to make hardware, with a few exceptions such as its Xbox games consoles and Kinect gesture sensors, the report said.