Ballmer: MS not getting into handset biz
So much for the Zune phone...
Windows Mobile seems to be as far as Microsoft’s willing to delve into mobile phones. The firm’s CEO, Steve Ballmer, has denied it’s planning to start making handsets.
According to a Reuters report, Ballmer said today that he doesn’t anticipate the firm developing a phone. “Sorry, we are not going to build one,” he said.
Of course, there’s nothing to stop Microsoft changing its mind a few years down the line, but Ballmer’s comment is clear cut for now.
He added that, for now at least, Microsoft is content developing the Windows Mobile platform, and that it plans to continue charging handset manufacturers licence fees to use the system on their phones.
According to Reuters, analyst Strategy Analytics has estimated that Microsoft charges a fee of between $8 and $15 (£6/€10) per phone.
HTC, for example, is a big fan of Windows Mobile. The firm’s Chief Marketing Officer, John Wang, recently said that Windows Mobile-based phones will continue to be HTC’s most important post-Android market.
a phone made by microsoft
1 - you have to restart it after every phone call received
2 - you have to type in your 32 character pass code before it connects to your network
3 - the software will require weekly updates, some of which will disable your device entirely or wipe your address book
4 - all calls will be re-routed via an American telephone exchange
5 - the EULA will include a disclaimer that enables M$ to record any of your texts or telephone conversations
6 - Next year you will be expected to buy mobile 2.0 as mobile 1.0 is no longer supported
“Sorry, we are not going to build one,”
Praise the lord for that then! Perish the thought of a Zune Phone. Although it would be a good excuse for M$ to change the DRM yet again so that we can all re-buy our music that we paid for under their previous regime.
But M$ would never do something like that, would it? Not now that they realise that the buying public have a long memory.
Everyone remember this quote from Ballmer...
...so that you can quote it when Microsoft releases its next major attempt at world conquest.