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Microsoft to take on iPhone in December?

updated 02:20 pm EST, Thu February 1, 2007

MS to take on iPhone?

Microsoft has begun planning a Zune-based challenger to Apple's iPhone that recently debuted at the Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, according to one report. Citing a "sound" informant, CrungeGear indicates that strategists from Microsoft are already solidifying plans for the new phone, and are holding meetings today to plan its final release -- tentatively slated for December of 2007. The cellular handset is expected to mimic the music-only original, according to Electronista, and will forego Microsoft's existing Windows Mobile phone operating system for a custom control scheme. The source says tighter integration with Microsoft's existing hardware and software will be even more critical to the phone's design, and that the Redmond-based company plans to expand the limited Wi-Fi capability of the original Zune by linking the phone with its Xbox 360 game console.

by MacNN Staff




  1. bsnoel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Flop Take Two?

  1. ricardogf

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bring it on, please...

    The Zune is stillborn and this mock iPhone will be even worse, especially if it foregoes the crappy but fairly ubiquitous Windows Mobile system...just as you did with the Play For Sure trash.

    MS, you never cease to amaze us with your "trailing attitude"...always copying, always following...and this attitude of being "more like Apple" will just make the fall even harder, because you have no clue on how to do it...bring it on, really...we'll be waiting.

  1. pascalpp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    MS Core Competency

    Microsoft would be wise to stick to their core competencies. Oh wait: chief among those is copying Apple.

  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969


    further proof

    that MS can NOT develop a product on their own.

  1. suhail

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Windows CE!

    "…and will forego Microsoft's existing Windows Mobile phone operating system for a custom control scheme."

    So Ballmer's comments on YouTube were BS!!!!


  1. russellb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Typical Microsnoooozzz

    Ok so Apple does what it normally doeas and takes YEARS to develop a product that actually does have a WOW factor.

    Microsnooozz is solidifying plans and are holding meetings today and looking at 12 month away Dec 07.

    And all they will do is copy apple and do a really bad implementation.

    I had the pleasure of installing Vista for the first time yesterday and while I will happily admit it improves on XP IS THAT THE BEST THEY CAN DO AFTER 5 YEARS. It's terrible compared to Mac OSX it tries to imitate OSX everywhere but does it badly.

    Please Microsoft bring on your new phone it will only continue to make people look elsewhere for a better product.

  1. e2Sync

    Joined: Dec 1969


    perhaps you didn't get...

    (hey MacNN, are you running low on pixels? What's with the short subject lines...)

    the memo... When Steve Jobs said "Redmond, start your photocopiers", he was JOKING!!

  1. lmhaffner

    Joined: Dec 1969


    New name...

    M$ should just rename itself Orange and be done with it.


  1. crevatis

    Joined: Dec 1969



    More like lemon.

  1. dscottbuch

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Smoke and Mirrors

    This announcement is typical MSFT vapor marketing. They won't/can't do this in this time frame and they know it now but by announcing this they are trying to delay decisions by consumers. This is the worst type of non-productive marketing.

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