Gates: Microsoft won’t launch iPhone rival

“Microsoft will not launch a product that competes directly with Apple’s iPhone, Chairman Bill Gates said in an interview with Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,” Michael Shields reports for Reuters.

“‘No, we won’t do that. In the so-called smart phone business we will concentrate solely on software with our Windows Mobile program,’ Gates was quoted as saying,” Shields reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “DD from Belgium” for the heads up.]

Aww, no Phune. That’s okay, Microsoft provides us more than enough to ridicule already.


  1. Too bad. MS hardware is usually the only MS product that doesn’t unmitigatedly suck (the zune being the exception, which was really a repackaged toshiba product anyways). I mean, maybe they can’t program an OS worth a damn, but they sure do make good mice (mouses?)!

  2. Grigori, they could try! Sort of like they tried launching an iPod rival. Hmmm … you think maybe they learned something with that? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />


  3. after the leaked memo yesterday showing pictures of a literally cloned iPhone interface on the MS phone prototype OS, don’t be too sure they aren’t still spending their vast R&D;bucks on a competitor unit – just wait and see what shakes out. As our readers know however, the consumer electronics river flows rapidly, and without an OS monopoly, MS hasn’t fared that well in the marketplace keeping up with the current.

  4. One other thing: This may be the first notable sign of developers in general and MS specifically adding products in response to everything Apple brings out with the attitude that, if Apple can do it anybody can do it. There are just some things that Apple does better than anybody else does – It’s not elitist, many companies have unique products that they specialize in that other companies either won’t even try, or try and ultimately fail at.

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