Gates: Microsoft won't launch iPhone Rival

During an interview with Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Chairman Bill Gates revealed that Microsoft will not launch a product that competes directly with Apple's iPhone: "No, we won't do that. In the so-called smart phone business we will concentrate solely on software with our Windows Mobile program. We have partnerships with a lot of device manufacturers from Samsung to Motorola and this variety brings us significantly more than if we would make our own mobile phone." Most people won't be surprised at this tidbit, but those following Zune Phone rumours are probably quite disappointed. I agree with this move; Microsoft has to perfect the Zune mp3 player before starting another hardware project.

News source: Reuters

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LTD said,
Since Windows Mobile is currently getting spanked by the iPhone . . . better for MS to improve its whole lineup instead. A good move for now.

What a load... There are probably 1000 times the amount of Windows Mobile devices sold as iPhones. That spanking is all in your head. The only sources I can find that corroborate your comment all got their information from one place: Canalys, a consulting company.

If I remember correct, Bill Gates told that there are 20 million smart phones with Windows Mobile now. But if Apple sells 10 millions iPhones this years, I could say that Windows Mobile lost this small war. Windows Mobile was in the market for years and iPhone is completely new product and sells a lot better. (I don't own any smart phone).

Draganta2000 said,

You have a source for this? Other wise this post is completely useless.

I find it hard to believe that Windows Mobile, which is available on all major mobile carriers world-wide, is being "spanked" by the iPhone which is only available on AT&T (or T-Mobile if you hack it).

Apple currently has a higher US market share than Microsoft in phones. Microsoft hid behind the world wide statistics (where the iPhone isn't available everywhere) to say they had a higher market share.

http://www.roughlydrafted.com/2007/12/14/c...-share-q3-2007/

whistlerxp said,

Apple currently has a higher US market share than Microsoft in phones. Microsoft hid behind the world wide statistics (where the iPhone isn't available everywhere) to say they had a higher market share.

http://www.roughlydrafted.com/2007/12/14/c...-share-q3-2007/

RoughtlyDrafted is a Apple fanboi site... it is comparing Apple super hyped launch sales figures which were high to Windows Mobile standard sales of just one quarter.

Deviate_X said,

RoughtlyDrafted is a Apple fanboi site... it is comparing Apple super hyped launch sales figures which were high to Windows Mobile standard sales of just one quarter.

OMG OMG I SO DIDN'T NOTICE THAT! For your information iPhone has only been selling for a couple of quarters, geez.

whistlerxp said,

OMG OMG I SO DIDN'T NOTICE THAT! For your information iPhone has only been selling for a couple of quarters, geez.


I think he basically said that. You can do lots of stuff with sales numbers to make them look like something they're not. I find it amusing that people think Microsoft fudged their Vista sales numbers but nobody else would do it.

david13lt said,
If I remember correct, Bill Gates told that there are 20 million smart phones with Windows Mobile now. But if Apple sells 10 millions iPhones this years, I could say that Windows Mobile lost this small war. Windows Mobile was in the market for years and iPhone is completely new product and sells a lot better. (I don't own any smart phone).

OK are you also assuming that MS doesnt sell any at all, i find that incredibly hard to believe ?????

david13lt said,
If I remember correct, Bill Gates told that there are 20 million smart phones with Windows Mobile now. But if Apple sells 10 millions iPhones this years, I could say that Windows Mobile lost this small war. Windows Mobile was in the market for years and iPhone is completely new product and sells a lot better. (I don't own any smart phone).


NOPE!.

Ms projected to sold 20mill only 2007, just the 2006 MS sold 7 millions. So we are not sure if MS sold the war on 2007 but still there are many windowsmobile devices that iphone.

Also, take notes that iphone will start selling several years ago using marketing, so wasn't strange that iphone sell well the first months but the rest of the year.


LTD said,
Since Windows Mobile is currently getting spanked by the iPhone.

Wrong way round. Watch Bill Gates' CES keynote speech. There's about a million iPhones, and over 20 million Windows Mobile devices. Microsoft dominate without even trying!

Draganta2000 said,

Pathetic, is this the only source??? It is quite obvious that this site is an Apple Fanboy site.

No it's not the only source, why didn't you read the article, the source is Symbian.

whistlerxp said,

No it's not the only source, why didn't you read the article, the source is Symbian.

I don't know where you Apple supporters are getting 10 million iPhones. Apple said themselves that they've sold 4 million, and only 1.12m in the third quarter...

source

While, not as pretty in the GUI department , I feel that Windows Mobile can do so much more than the Iphone and customizable too.

warwagon said,
While, not as pretty in the GUI department , I feel that Windows Mobile can do so much more than the Iphone and customizable too.
I agree. Many of my clients have purchased iPhones because of the hype, but returned them shortly thereafter when they discovered it couldn't do nearly half of what the Windows Mobile devices could.

I think if the iPhone interface could be connected with the Windows Mobile OS...well then, now we'd be talking. The best of both worlds, so-to-speak.

whistlerxp said,
In February the SDK comes out, so hopefully you'll be wrong by then.

thats assuming the SDK isn't locked down and only available to certain companies

whocares78 said,

Thats assuming the SDK isn't locked down and only available to certain companies

The SDK (i guest) will be pretty open for many features (and of course locked to unblock hidden features) BUT any programs will need a digital sign authorized by Apple.

So, for programmers Apple will give a brand new car but keep the keys :-(


DrIndianaJones said,
I agree. Many of my clients have purchased iPhones because of the hype, but returned them shortly thereafter when they discovered it couldn't do nearly half of what the Windows Mobile devices could.

I think if the iPhone interface could be connected with the Windows Mobile OS...well then, now we'd be talking. The best of both worlds, so-to-speak.

I'm an IT professional, and I own the iPhone and prefer it to my previously owned Windows Mobile device. While it is true that the Windows Mobile can "do more" and is currently more customizable (due to the fact that 3rd party development hasn't been unleashed yet), what the iPhone does it does *EXTREMELY* well. Apple products seem to be more thought out, and simpler than MS products. Most people don't want to do Access database on their phones. For many of us, the simplicity of the iPhone with the wonderful integrated software that actually works on the platform that they provide is enough.

Windows mobile and the Iphone are different makets. Windows Mobile feels much more useful for the professional and the IPhone more for the younger generation

SK[ said,#4.1]Indeed. The iPhone is pretty, but thats as far as it goes. I wouldn't swap my Nokia N95 for an iPhone.

+1. N95 is maybe the best mobile released so far.

OblivionStalker said,
SK[ said,#4.1]Indeed. The iPhone is pretty, but thats as far as it goes. I wouldn't swap my Nokia N95 for an iPhone.

+1. N95 is maybe the best mobile released so far.


+1 Agreed.

i show how powerful my new htc windows mobile 6 is...and for people who ask about iphone, i show the contact manager like iphone & also the new pointui :-) & my touchflo too..

As said, iPhone is also a good phone & never compare with windows mobile with iphone, because those 2 are unique on there side. I give 100 to iphone & 100 to windows mobile too..

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