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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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..

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.

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.

Smart move, because they need to buckle down and perfect other hardware stuff they launch, and stop venturing into other peoples territory.

Very good move if you ask me. Rush too much, and be sure to get caught in a hole you dug for yourself.