Microsoft set a launch date of 6 October to announce Windows 10 devices, an event which is expected to see the debut of new Lumia smartphones targeting high-end consumers.
While Microsoft has made Windows 10 available for PCs and tablet devices, it has yet to introduce its product for mobile phones. And it is also some time since the company unveiled a new flagship smartphone, with its focus in recent periods being on mid-tier devices.
It has also been suggested that the company could unveil other products from its hardware business, such as a new version of its Surface tablet and updated wearables.
Microsoft earlier this year announced plans to restructure its mobile unit, “moving from a strategy to grow a standalone phone business to a strategy to grow and create a vibrant Windows ecosystem including our first-party device family”.
In line with this, its focus has shifted to high-end and business-oriented smartphones, with parallels drawn to its originally maligned, but increasingly significant, Surface business.
With regard to Windows 10 for Lumia devices, Microsoft last week published a blog post talking-up the potential for Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel support “and more” across-the-board, including rich formatting capabilities for smartphones and cloud document back-up.
It has long been reported that Microsoft is readying its next-generation Lumia smartphones, and it had been suggested devices may make a debut at IFA2015 earlier this month – IFA 2015 has previously been used by Nokia/Microsoft.
But this was believed to have been shelved in favour of a dedicated event – which is now set for early next month.