Microsoft Corp. is now working with component suppliers in Asia to test its own SmartPhone design suggesting the computer-software giant is adopting a variation of a business model favored by rival Apple Inc., NASDAQ:AAPL, which designs computers and phones along with the software that powers them.

Officials at some of Microsoft’s parts suppliers, who declined to be named, said the company is testing a SmartPhone design but is not sure if a product will go into mass production.

The screen of Microsoft’s SmartPhone currently being tested measures between 4 and 5 ins. Apple’s newest SmartPhone, the iPhone 5, has a 4 in screen, while Samsung’s Galaxy S III, PINK:SSNLF, phone has a 4.8 in screen.

Speculation has circulated for months that Microsoft would make its own SmartPhone, after Microsoft unveiled in June its first homegrown computing device, the Surface tablet.

The Surface went on sale last week, and it remains controversial among longtime Microsoft allies, some of whom believe the company is unfairly competing with their personal-computer models running Microsoft’s Windows software.

In a news media interview with Monday, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer declined to comment on whether Microsoft would make its own SmartPhone.

Paul A. Ebeling, Jnr.

Paul A. Ebeling, Jnr. writes and publishes The Red Roadmaster’s Technical Report on the US Major Market Indices, a weekly, highly-regarded financial market letter, read by opinion makers, business leaders and organizations around the world.

Paul A. Ebeling, Jnr has studied the global financial and stock markets since 1984, following a successful business career that included investment banking, and market and business analysis. He is a specialist in equities/commodities, and an accomplished chart reader who advises technicians with regard to Major Indices Resistance/Support Levels.

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