Verizon CEO Dismisses Microsoft and Windows Mobile 7

Submitted by lalit on October 10, 2010 - 9:44pm.

In an interview with CNET Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said that Microsoft is not a major player in the mobile market. And Verizon will wait and see if that changes. McAdam’s Q&A with CNET went as below:

What about Microsoft Windows Mobile 7 phones? Microsoft is launching new Windows Mobile 7 phones next week on AT&T's network. Will Verizon offer some new Windows Mobile 7 devices on the LTE network?
McAdam: I can't really say which phones we'll offer yet. We like our relationship with Microsoft. But clearly in the U.S. there are three major mobile operating systems: RIM, Google, and Apple.
So you don't view Microsoft as a major player in mobile anymore?
McAdam: No not at the moment. Microsoft is not at the forefront of our mind.
Does this have anything to do with the short-lived Microsoft Kin? That was kind of a mess.
McAdam: This really goes back to what I said earlier about how innovation in wireless devices and applications is moving so quickly. Our device suppliers have to demonstrate to us that they will be developing leading edge products. And if they are not leading edge, then we can't afford to carry them in our stores. But if they are innovative, we'll offer them.

It is interesting that the CEO of biggest wireless carrier in US doesn’t even bother about Microsoft and Windows Mobile 7. Has he seen something lacking in the upcoming Windows Phone 7 that we don’t know off.
[Via CNET]