Sony Ericsson France CEO Pierre Perron has confirmed that the cellphone company is in talks with Microsoft regarding the possibility of using Windows Phone 7 for future smartphones, but has suggested that the strict specification and software limits imposed mean the likelihood of adoption is low. "[With] Windows [Phone] 7 we run the risk of standardising our smartphones" he told French newspaper Les Echos, "we would be obliged to fight only on design and price, which we want to avoid."
Perron said that Sony Ericsson and Microsoft continue to "discuss" the possibility, but it seems unlikely that a handset can be expected any time soon. Meanwhile the executive was also dismissive of tablets, suggesting that Sony Ericsson had no intention of following Samsung, LG and others and being "the 24th" company to wade into the market.
Rumors surfaced earlier this week that Sony Ericsson were developing the XPERIA X7 and X7 mini, 8.1-megapixel smartphones running the Microsoft OS and set for release in Q1 2011.