The NY Times recently quoted Todd Peters making the following, completely brain-dead statement:
The reason that Microsoft is limiting the number of phones with the operating system is because, he said, the company does not want to have its efforts diluted over too many devices.
“I’d rather have fewer devices and be more focused,” he said. That way “we get better integration” between phone and operating system.
Yours truly followed up via Microsoft Austria, and got the following response from the UK-based Mobility business group (emphasis is mine):
We are always working on new versions of the OS and always looking for ways to improve our products with our partners. Microsoft will be focusing on building out the quality of the Windows Mobile experience, investing more in working with its partners to ensure the best hardware-software integration. While this may result in fewer phone models, Microsoft will continue working with our partners to innovate on the Windows Mobile platform.
Microsoft is committed to continued innovation of the Windows Mobile platform. Our goal continues to be working together with you to deliver exciting experiences to end users. The implication in The New York Times that Microsoft will limit the number of Windows Mobile devices is not accurate. In an interview with the paper, Todd Peters stated that Microsoft would be focusing on building out the quality of the Windows Mobile experience, investing more in working with its partners to ensure the best hardware-software integration.
Looks like the folks at Microsoft’s haven’t lost their sense after all – we are looking at an (intentional) editorial slip-up here. A big thank you goes out to Microsoft Austria for their prompt assistance…let’s get back to business now .