“Craig Mundie is one of two men taking over for Bill Gates,” David E. Williams reports for CNN. “Microsoft’s Craig Mundie has some big shoes to fill when Bill Gates steps down next year — or at least one shoe anyway.”

MacDailyNews Take: Good news! If he’s half the man Gates is, he should only be able to steal half of Apple’s stuff.

Williams continues, “Gates tapped Mundie, the software giant’s chief research and strategy officer, and chief software architect Ray Ozzie to replace him and handle the day-to-day operation of the company so he can focus on his charitable foundation.”

Mundie sat down with CNN.com’s David E. Williams to discuss some of the issues facing Microsoft. One question centered on Apple’s iPhone:

Williams: So do you see Microsoft doing something like Apple’s iPhone in the future?

Mundie: Well, Microsoft has been in the phone business for years. What do you think that thing is (pointing to a cell phone on the table)? That does more than an iPhone does today and it’s our 7th generation.

MacDailyNews Take: Mundie ought to be Microsoft’s chief comedian. Do they really think anybody believes this nonsense?

We’ll spare you the rest as Mundie continues his answer by listing Microsoft’s usual iPhone talking points (see Microsoft CEO Ballmer laughs at Apple iPhone): iPhone’s not for business, it costs too much, because Microsoft has a bunch of partners, they supposedly offer more diverse mediocrity, blah, blah, blah.

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MacDailyNews Take: The only reason Microsoft Mobile phones do more than Apple’s iPhone does today is because it’s not yet June.

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