We're just ten days away from whatever
Microsoft has to announce at Mobile World Congress, and it looks like the company is trying to put a halt to the endless rumors that it's developing a phone: WinMo director Scott Rockfield told CNET
it's not happening, and another Microsoft spokesman just denied it to the Wall Street Journal
. That should be enough to shut people up, right? Of course not -- no denials by anyone
ever have been -- but unless Stiv Ballmers actually pulls a Zunephone out of his pocket next week, we're going to assume that Microsoft is on the level with us, persistent rumors of some crazy Tegra-powered superphone
notwithstanding. We are
willing to believe that the company is planning on rebranding Windows Mobile as "Windows Phone," however -- yeah, it's a Digitimes rumor, but it makes a lot of sense to us, and it's an easy way to capitalize on the launch of a new version. We'll see what happens, we suppose -- honestly, we just want a US launch of the Compulab Exeda
P.S.- Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet
says what's more likely is that Microsoft is working on several Windows Mobile reference hardware designs
-- including one based on Tegra -- which we find much more believable and lines up nicely with some other whispers we've heard.
- WSJ, "Microsoft: Once Again, We're Not Making a Smartphone" Read
- CNET, "Nvidia-based Microsoft smartphone coming?" Read
- Digitimes, "Windows Mobile phones to become just Windows phones, say sources"