Microsoft to Concentrate on Windows Mobile; Won’t Launch iPhone Competitor
Software giant, Microsoft Corp., is not planning to launch a device to compete with Apple’s iPhone, according to the company’s Chairman and co-founder, Bill Gates.
“No, we won’t do that,” Gates said in an interview with Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung yesterday. “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,” Gates explained.
Apple, which is one of Microsoft’s main competitors in the computer software market, launched its long-anticipated iPhone handset in the U.S. last June. The high-end music- and web-enabled cell phone was a big hit in America and parts of Europe this holiday shopping season.