Sony has confirmed that it is considering a partnership with Microsoft in order to offer the Windows Phone operating system on its devices.
Speaking to TechRadar, the head of Sony Mobile Europe, Pierre, Perron, said that a collaboration with Microsoft was “an interesting proposition”.
"We are continuing our discussions with other partners, including Microsoft, as part of our partnership with this company on the broader Sony spectrum,” he added.
“One thing is using the [Windows Phone] platform itself, and another is: ‘What can we deliver on top of it?’"
Sony had previously been rumoured to be considering a partnership in the mobile space with Microsoft in 2012. The rumours were halted by Sony Mobile CEO Kunimasa Suzuki, who said no such plans were in development. Sony’s Xperia X1 smartphone, released in 2008, ran on the Windows Mobile platform.
"We don’t want to be a single OS manufacturer,” Perron explained. “I don’t think it’s a viable position in the long term."
"We enjoy very much a good collaboration with Google,” he added, on Sony’s current production of Android devices.
“We’ve been working with them for a long time and have a level of maturity with that discussion, that’s good. But at the same time, Google has a relationship with direct competitors."