Ballmer: Microsoft Won’t Make A Mobile

Probably best - at least until Windows Mobile 7 is released...

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

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