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 ;) .

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6 Responses to “NY Times vs truth – Windows Mobile edition”

  1. I freaked out when I first heard this (as I am sure a lot of folks did)… My phone has become such a huge part of my digital lifestyle, I would hate to find out that it was on the list to lose support!

  2. Hi Celeste,
    thank you so much for talking back!

    However, I can reassure you that this does not affect the support for your device which you currently hold in your hands.

    Once purchased, the support contract is in place and can not be changed – even if Microsoft would discontinue WM, the support contracts would still be valid…

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

  3. Ha! An “intentional” editorial slipup? That’s a joke. Sounds like a right-wing nutjob post–you can always smell the stench. “Oh, the NYT, they do this, they do that….” Yeah, they QUOTE THE GUY–you know the one, the apparently in-your-mind lowly VP of MARKETING for WINDOWS MOBILE. In REDMOND. And you start, uh, where? Austria? Why–you always verify your facts in the homeland of Hitler? Yeah, good luck with that. Putz.

  4. Dear Kim,
    thank you so much for talking back!

    I find it strange how you drag up politics in a technology-related discussion. Are you out of professional arguments?

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

  5. Nice try. When you don’t have an answer, ask a question.

  6. Dear Kim,
    the difference between you and me is that I do not accuse people of anything I can not directly prove.

    Accusing people quickly and without prove can lead to disastrous situations and has done so in the last 100 years (costing humanity an average of 1 million people per year across all dictatorships).

    Nevertheless, I thank you for talking back!

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

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