Windows Phone may be MIA at MWC 2014, with no new handsets on show

Windows Phone may be MIA at MWC 2014, with no new handsets on show

New handsets running Windows Phone will be conspicuous by their absence at next week’s MWC 2014 expo in Barcelona, according to reports on Tuesday.

The Recode website claims there’ll be zero new devices on show packing Microsoft’s slow-growing mobile operating system, despite MWC’s status as the biggest show in the mobile calendar.

Not from Nokia, not from HTC, not from Samsung, not from anyone. Microsoft-owned Nokia is likely to make an appearance, but with its first Android phone, the Nokia X.

Instead the company seems to be planning on saving itself for the big Windows Phone 8.1 reveal at the annual Build conference at the beginning of April.

Holding court about not-a-lot

Despite the lack of new phones reportedly slated for the event, Microsoft will hold court with the media on Sunday night, prior to the commencement of MWC, where it plans to discuss some of its future plans in mobile.

However, at an event notorious for setting the smartphone stage for the year, will the absence of a fresh crop of handsets running Windows Phone affect Microsoft’s ability to make an impact in 2014?

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