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“You Mean GPT Phone!” – Fans Want Windows Phone to Make a Comeback After Ex-OpenAI CEO Joins Microsoft

Published 11/20/2023, 10:16 AM EST

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Sam Altman, the ex-CEO of ChatGPT, was recently asked to step down from his position at Open AI. Along with him, Greg Brockman, the ex-president of Open AI, also suffered the same fate. However, things started to look up when both of them were hired by Microsoft.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella approached Sam and Greg after they lost their positions at Open AI. This news spread like wildfire in the tech industry and many fans started to predict what this means for Microsoft. With the two founders of the biggest AI firm joining as a part of Microsoft, many fans wonder if this could bring about the re-launch of Windows phones.

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Upon hearing the news about Sam and Greg’s loss of position at Open AI, Nadella saw an opportunity for Microsoft. He quickly hired the two founders and decided they would be a great fit for Microsoft’s AI development team. Now, this news makes many fans curious to see how this development will unfold.

Fans are speculating about how Sam Altman will fit into the Microsoft ecosystem. In a recent post on X (formerly Twitter), one fan pointed out that this could be a great opportunity to revive the Windows phones using AI. With AI assistants like Google now and Siri being one of the pushing factors for the success of Android and iOS phones, fans see a possibility of Cortana catching up.


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Microsoft discontinued Windows phones back in 2017, much to the disappointment of many. Nadella had announced that discontinuing the production of the Windows phone was a difficult decision. However, with Sam joining Microsoft, fans are speculating a much-awaited comeback.

As reported by Windows Central, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella admitted it was a “mistake,” to discontinue windows phones. He stated, “The decision I think a lot of people talk about — and one of the most difficult decisions I made when I became CEO — was our exit of what I’ll call the mobile phone as defined then.” He further added, “In retrospect, I think there could have been ways we could have made it work by perhaps reinventing the category of computing between PCs, tablets, and phones.” Perhaps there is hope.

While there is no official news about Microsoft’s plans to reboot the phone, the post on X is gaining heavy traction. Sam Altman’s experience in AI leads many fans to believe that Cortana could undergo sufficient upgrades to become a strong contender in the Mobile AI Assistant market. The comments section of the post started exploding with fans resonating with the idea.

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Many fans loved the idea of bringing back the Windows Phone. Some also believed in Microsoft’s ability to revive some of their features and many think it can better than it ever was.

One user believes Microsoft will release a phone along with Windows 12 or 13.

The comments mentioned the Windows Zune, highlighting another piece of tech that Microsoft has forgotten over the years. They discontinued the mp3 player in late 2011. However, this user believes that the addition of Sam Altman could bring it back.

Some users speculated a Palmtop powered by a Snapdragon processor and Windows could return, providing users with a powerful full-fledged PC.


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Another user discussed naming the new phone GPT phone, highlighting AI as its primary focus.


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Only time will tell what these additions to the Windows team can bring. With two new promising players in the world of AI joining Microsoft, fans are patiently waiting to see how this affects the company.

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Written by:

Viren Mirpuri


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Viren is an eSports Writer at EssentiallySports. With a Mass Media degree in one hand and a gaming controller in another, he is determined to document every milestone in the gaming industry. As an eSports journalist, he previously covered close to 500 articles with Sportskeeda about what is fresh in the scene.
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Rohan Karnad