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Ballmer: Microsoft Won't Make A Mobile

Gordon Kelly


Ballmer: Microsoft Won't Make A Mobile

Well if you had no other choice than to use Windows Mobile would you make a phone...

Certainly Microsoft CEO and no-shrinking flower Steve Ballmer shares this conclusion - if not my reasoning behind it - saying the company has no plans to make its own handset.

Speaking to Reuters, he said the company will instead stick to licensing fees explaining "We are doing well, we believe in the value of what we are doing."

Naturally he also took time to have a go at Google and open source in general: "It's interesting to ask why would Google or Nokia, Google in particular, why would they invest a lot of money and try to do a really good job if they make no money. I think most operators and telecom companies are skeptical about Google. In the case of Nokia - are they really open sourcing, or are they really making Symbian their own operating system? We have to wait and see."

Of course Microsoft long denied they would enter the console market and the MP3 / PMP player markets too and that eventually happened but they weren't damaging partners in doing so in either of those cases. By contrast, whether it would really wish to kick the likes of Samsung, Palm, HTC, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and many more in the teeth simultaneously must be highly doubtful at this stage.

In related news Ballmer has also confirmed its 'Windows Cloud' OS will debut next month at its Professional Developers Conference. Not to be confused with Midori - Ballmer describes Windows Cloud as similar to Windows Server on the outside but with features that can be accessed via the Cloud stripped from the OS to streamline it.

All a bit vague but we should know more soon...


Handset Info via Reuters

Windows Cloud info via The Register

Brian ONeill

October 2, 2008, 8:15 pm

if they did make a mobile, it would be the size of a brick and crash everything 5 mins. Microsoft really need to come up with something good, they are getting assaulted on all fronts these days.


October 2, 2008, 9:02 pm

I dunno, the surface was quite cool!

Francesco Mastellone

October 2, 2008, 9:23 pm

It's not like what got them widespread in the first place was good product quality.


October 2, 2008, 9:49 pm

Actually MS got where they are now by a extremely competitive pricing policy and shrewd (sometimes questionable) business practices.


October 2, 2008, 9:49 pm

Thank god they aren't.

Paul Randle 1

October 3, 2008, 12:13 am

So we can expect the zphone (zuphone? zoofone?) NEXT Christmas then?

Oliver Levett

October 5, 2008, 12:18 am

What the hell is wrong with Windows Mobile? Microsoft licensing the OS is far better than being restricted to one device with one OS. WM devices being manufactured by OEMs is better as there is more variety, and there is more competition between devices leading to lower prices - HTC devices are cheaper than an iPhone because they have a market which they are trying to compete with, and have a wide range of devices rather than trying to make one underspec'ed device fit into business and consumer markets.

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