Microsoft has pretty much killed it with hybrid and all-in-one devices, but the company's smartphone aspirations have pretty much ended in massive failures. Over the past few years, Microsoft and Windows Mobile's market share has dropped so much that the platform is practically dead in the market. Despite this, however, and considering the massive success of the Surface series, Microsoft fans have been speculating that the Redmond-based tech giant will eventually re-enter the smartphone market with a game-changing device -- the Surface Phone.
What is particularly interesting is the fact that Microsoft has been incredibly quiet about the Surface Phone, so much so that the Redmond-based tech giant has not even confirmed that it is working on a smartphone. Nevertheless, patents of interesting mobile devices do emerge from Microsoft every so often, suggesting that the company has not abandoned its smartphone aspirations just yet.
The most recent patent that has emerged so far is quite compelling, with Microsoft being granted a new patent by the World Intellectual Property Organization last Thursday. The patent in question describes a smart device that is seemingly designed for handheld use. Even more interesting, the smart handset in question is a hybrid device, one that can transform from a smartphone to a tablet to a mini laptop.
Microsoft's latest patent looks incredibly similar to the abandoned but widely popular Microsoft Courier concept, a hybrid device that the Redmond-based tech giant was working on a few years ago. If any, Microsoft's newly discovered patent suggests that the company has managed to refine and mature the Courier's original design.