Microsoft; no phone hardware, no Zune phone, lustworthy 6.5 devices

Microsoft; no phone hardware, no Zune phone, lustworthy 6.5 devices

Summary: There have been rumors in the past that a Zune phone was coming and that Microsoft was going to start making their own mobile phones to compete with Apple and the iPhone. We here always knew that was not going to happen and John Starkweather from Microsoft just gave us the go ahead to publicly share a few points about these issues.

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There have been rumors in the past that a Zune phone was coming and that Microsoft was going to start making their own mobile phones to compete with Apple and the iPhone. We here always knew that was not going to happen and John Starkweather from Microsoft just gave us the go ahead to publicly share a few points about these issues as stated below:

  1. Microsoft is not going into the phone hardware business
  2. Microsoft is not building a Zune-specific phone
  3. We're deepening our relationships with our hardware partners in order to create even better performing phones that are competitively priced, have the features people want, that are easy-to-use and just downright lustworthy. The upcoming availability of Windows Mobile 6.5 software will enable our OEM partners to build even more compelling devices in a wide-range of form factors for customers around the world.

Windows Mobile relies upon their OEM partners, much like they do with their Windows PC operating system, and this strategy is not going to change anytime soon. While this is a difficult way to manage updates and be nimble like Apple and the iPhone, it does give users a very broad choice in form factor, supported carriers, and price they want to pay for a device.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Microsoft, Telcos

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  • They really just don't want to be in the phone market do they?

    Apple will crush them again when IPhone 3.0 is released...and Verizon gets it.
    itanalyst2
  • Lustworthy??

    You have to wonder how deluded MS has become. Hint even the msphone web sites are getting upset that 6.5 is too little too late.

    There are a number of competitors out there who are pushing the product development very quickly whilst MS look in terms of years to make small jumps.

    What I want from my MS mobile is something that can be updated not which you allow the phone makers to fix on one release forcing me to but a new phone every two years even if it was able to run an updates O/S.

    martin23
  • No Browser

    Well, It is ironic that to compete they would have to license the Opera browser, for they have none usable browser, even in 6.5.
    raggi
  • Agreed.

    All the criticisms above are valid, and there are many others that can be made, but for a power-user there's not a much more flexible phone OS available.

    I like the fact that I can install new applications, override functionality, and customize to my heart's content. The Safari browser on the iPhone is great, maybe the best around, but if a better mobile browser becomes available, it won't be on the iPhone.

    Microsoft needs to centralize the installation of applications and make it simpler (an app catalogue or directory perhaps) but I think that with some user-interface tweaks and standardization on the hardware to allow easier upgrades, they can stay relevant in this business.
    the.ksmm