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Microsoft mulls iPhone software opportunities

updated 12:20 pm EDT, Tue March 25, 2008

Microsoft iPhone software

Microsoft is considering software development for the iPhone, writes Fortune. The financial magazine notes that for over a week, a team based in Silicon Valley has been experimenting with Apple's beta SDK, which come June will let developers publish and sell native iPhone applications. Microsoft executives explain that they are not sure whether any apps will actually be put into production, but are deeply interested in the possibility. "It's really important for us to understand what we can bring to the iPhone," says Tom Gibbons, corporate VP of the Specialized Devices and Applications Group.

"To the extent that Mac Office customers have functionality that they need in that environment, we're actually in the process of trying to understand that now," he adds. Office for Mac is said by Fortune to be an extremely profitable venture for Microsoft, creating millions of dollars in revenue; overall, Mac software may be producing approximately $200 million in profit for the company annually.

The general manager of the company's TellMe voice recognition division, Mike McCue, meanwhile comments that if the SDK permits voice recording and location-based information, development projects are practically guaranteed. "If the SDK supports these things," he says, "we're absolutely going to get a version out there as soon as we can, get TellMe out there on the iPhone."

Microsoft development for the iPhone would however be somewhat contradictory, as for years it has pushed the development of its Windows Mobile platform, found on numerous smartphones and media players worldwide. The iPhone has been rapidly encroaching on marketshare however, and the company still faces tough competition from global leader Nokia, and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    God help us all!

    The Borg on the iPhone? Just the thought makes me shiver uncontrollably.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    watch out

    they were deeply interested in designing software for the first Mac's and in the process learned a lot about gui's...

  1. dwoodruff

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    hmmmm....

    I thought their master of insight CEO Dillhole Ballmer said the iPhone wasn't serious and nobody would use it?

    Then why develop for it? I certainly don't see Apple developing scheit for the Zune....

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    don't you know?

    M$ wants their finger in everything, just in case. They'll throw cash away just to be sure.

    That being said, they're still recognizing the legitimacy of the iPhone with these actions.

  1. dom2cool

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    $$$$$$

    i love the way they come straight out and say about profits. nothing to do with giving public something that they want its just to make $. you gota love micro$oft.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    nooooooo!!!

    Just say no! :P

  1. Monde

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Ballmer never gets it

    Ballmer dismissed iPhone offhandedly in an interview just ahead of the launch. Mark that event as just another of MS's misreads of what consumers want from their technology.

    Now, knowing they missed the music boat, perhaps there's a chance with the iPhone. After all, they'd only be about two years behind in a market they previously dominated. I'm sure the copy machines have been warmed up at big Redmond and are itching to sneak some of Apple's innovation into their products.

    Not to worry though, MS's batting average is abysmal. XP is more or less as good as OS9.2. Vista is badly made joke trying to emulate OSX. They just don't get it. Certainly Ballmer never does.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    poison the well...

    If Microsoft can place apps and utilities prominently on the AppStore, it may serve to undermine rather than support the platform or just plain confuse people...they are not blind to the fact that their mere association can be toxic to some.

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Contradictory?

    I fail to see how Microsoft making iPhone apps is any more contradictory than them making Office for the Mac which competes with Windows, and is growing in market share.

  1. Monde

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Not so contradictory

    As you may know, the macros in the OSX product offerings provided for a number of security headaches for Apple.

    I'd imagine Apps developed for the iPhone would be no less flawed. In MS's favor would be the cautious way most would adopt these iPhone apps. There would be undoubtedly, a focus on security which is not a MS strong point.

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