After Samsung has launched its new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones, and before Apple has yet to counter with its iPhone 7S and iPhone 8/X release - Microsoft's Alex Kipman has kicked the house of cards over by saying "The phone is already dead. People just haven't realized".
If we consider there are 1.5 billion smartphones expected to ship this year alone, and that Microsoft has virtually none of that pie, it's not hard to see how the company can have a skewed view on things. Sure, augmented/mixed/virtual reality headsets and devices will be really cool new technologies and products, but I don't see how the smartphone is "dead" and we all haven't "realized" it yet. Kipman didn't say when the smartphone would start showing signs of death, but with Apple recently being called one of the most valuable companies in the world - again - I wouldn't worry just yet.