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A mobile phone featuring Windows 10 is seen on display at Microsoft Build in San Francisco, California April 29, 2015. Reuters/Robert Galbraith

There are a number of reasons why the Microsoft Surface Phone is getting delayed. However, none of the reasons are official. While some experts believe Microsoft will first release a Windows 10 mobile, some are of the opinion that the company is looking to position the device as a transition from Windows to ARM.

The reason why Microsoft is pushing back the release of the phone in favour of the struggling Windows 10 mobile platform is not known. Going by the reports, it seems that the release date of the highly-anticipated device has been pushed back significantly. Earlier it was claimed that the mobile is already in the works. However, it seems unlikely now. A Reddit user, who claims to be a former Microsoft employee, has revealed that the device is not arriving anytime soon. He has also mentioned that the Surface Phone will probably be releases in 2018 or 2019.

If the report by the supposed former Microsoft employee is true, it dashes all hopes of a Microsoft Surface Phone with Windows 10 Redstone 3 update by the end of this year. However, on the brighter side, the Redmond tech company has not given up on the device, and it is still set to become one of the most-powerful devices of all time, launched by the company. The success of Surface devices is further reason to believe that the Surface smartphone will come out eventually.

CEO Satya Nadella had raised hopes earlier stating that the Microsoft smartphone will be the ultimate mobile device. However, according to Express, the company has downgraded work on its Windows 10 Mobile platform and focusing on building other new hardware instead. Numerous reports have suggested that the Microsoft phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and it will run a 64-bit version of Windows 10 Mobile. The device will boast a new level of productivity as users will be able to use the Windows Continuum mode to run a desktop-type PC environment on a large screen via the phone.

Business customers are to find maximum use of the Surface Phone as it may also be connected to a keyboard, mouse and display. It will be able to run full desktop-type applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office. According to Wccftech, ARM and Windows are the future. A late launch of the Microsoft Surface Phone means the company has enough time to position the device at the perfect transition point for Windows on ARM.