In an interview with Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates said that Microsoft WILL NOT release a direct competitor to the 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,” Gates was quoted as saying. “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.”
While one could easily point out that he has the same kind of partnerships with a variety of Digital Music Players and they still managed to shaft all of those companies by creating the Zune, for now, at least, it looks like Microsoft isn’t interested in getting in the Zunephone business.