The company has done an admirable job using other hardware, such as its Surface family of computers running Windows 10. Revenue from this segment increased 32 percent year-on-year in the third quarter, suggesting that branding is finally reaching consumers.
These are full-fledged computers and tablets and no devices that fit in our pockets. Renderings that are considered correct by The Verge suggest that Microsoft's "Andromeda" interface will have a touch-screen display that can be split in half. This means that customers are likely to need to interact with Windows 10 – I do not think Microsoft will try another mobile operating system – without a keyboard. A included stylus could help, even if that smells like the poké-and-type days of Windows Mobile and PDAs.