Microsoft CEO promises better Windows Phone

By Reuters
Monday, February 14, 2011 12:30 EDT
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BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer promised a Windows Phone update soon with more powerful Web graphics, and said new partner Nokia would supply “absolutely phenomenal” handsets.

The new strategic partnership has been received with skepticism in the market, but Ballmer said the scale that Nokia would bring to an already improved Microsoft mobile platform would be good news for operators, developers and consumers.

“We’re off to a strong start. We know we have a lot of work to do,” he said in a keynote address at the Mobile World Congress fair in Barcelona. “We have a lot of energy, optimism and a sense of tremendous opportunity.”

“We’re sure… Nokia’s going to deliver absolutely phenomenal Windows phones,” he said, without elaborating when the first results of the collaboration would hit the market.

Ballmer invited Nokia CEO Stephen Elop to join him on stage. “Microsoft and Nokia together represents a natural partnership. People are getting it,” he said.

Nokia shares closed down 5.3 percent, while Microsoft shares traded down 0.3 percent at 1638 GMT in a flat market.

Microsoft has struggled to gain significant market share in wireless, although its Windows Phone 7 software launched a year ago has been well received.

Ballmer said a free update coming soon would include more powerful Web graphics that draw on the phone’s hardware as well as software, integration with Twitter and a better ability to run several tasks at the same time.

He called it a significant release and said it would be coming “later this year,” without saying exactly when.

(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan; Editing by David Hulmes)

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  • Anonymous

    “No chance Apple iPhone is going to get any significant market share.” – Steve Ballmer

  • http://twitter.com/cryptographrix cryptographrix

    Microsoft should bury the Windows Phone platform already – they didn’t include anything new, unpredictable or innovative – they just put a new skin on old junk code.

    Microsoft software is now relegated to directory services. Windows Vista failed, Windows 7 is a little better but still incredibly backwards-compatible, which means that all the old virii still work on the new OS, and MS hasn’t done anything innovative in decades.

    Microsoft – recommendation – stick with Windows server – innovate in the directory services software – compatibility with other OSes, adding features, etc. – and fire every other department you’ve got.

    Well, except for the Xbox 360 guys…they’re still kindof doing something…

  • Anonymous

    You don’t know Microsoft, do you?

    “they just put a new skin on old junk code.” That pretty much describes EVERY SINGLE PRODUCT they have.

    They make all their money from Office. ALL of it. Every other part of Microsoft is either breaking even or losing money.

    You think “Xbox 360 guys…they’re still kindof doing something… ” but the only thing they are succeeding in doing is wasting billions of Microsoft’s money.

    The average Xbox 360 has been back to the factory THREE times to get fixed, at Microsoft’s cost. It has been a disaster for Microsoft in every way.

    What you suggest would drive them into immediate bankruptcy.

    “compatibility with other OSes”

    They will NEVER do that. That would put them on an “even footing” with their competition. Microsoft does not want its customers to bail. They want to keep them captive. This means a closed sandbox.

  • Anonymous

    Microsoft has been stiffing people with their dodgy, annoying, insecure, over-priced crap for decades. They have also become masters of stifling the development of competing systems and applications through their dominance of the desktop. Android and Apple brought some clearly superior options to buyers and now the only remaining Windows users are those who became addicted to their shabby software, masochists and the uninformed. Why would anyone in their right mind buy inferior software when they can run Android, a 21st Century system that does not crash, needs no anti-virus protection, runs faster, and was not designed by disgruntled MS engineers to so frustrate the user as to drive him to Apple, for free?

  • Anonymous

    Office has become more and more bloated with each new iteration. Again, there exists superior and free options. Open Office, for example, is much more elegant, intuitive, efficient and free, as are several other productivity suites that can handle MS Office files.