Microsoft to chase the iPhone bandwagon, only two years late
Some people love Microsoft, some people love Apple. Some people love both, and of course we're very happy for them.
For those who still feel faintly aroused by a round of Minesweep, you'll soon have some hardcore Microsoft material to give you the raging horn. For Apple fanboys, it's another reason to laugh at the competition. If you're a fan of both sides, you'll probably explode in a mess of viscera and fluid.
There are very substantial rumours that Microsoft and US mobile network Verizon are in talks to launch a touchscreen handset - substantial enough that the Wall Street Journal has ran the story. The Gates Empire wants a slice of the market that Apple is rapidly dominating, and is said to be working on a handset - codename Pink - that incorporates its Zune media player, Windows Mobile software and Windows Marketplace, in a bid to compete with the iPhone's App Store.
Microsoft have rubbished the stories, stating "Microsoft is not going into the phone hardware business" and and that the company "is not building a Zune-specific phone". Of course they would say that, for fear of damaging sales of other products in the meantime, and the phrasing is ambiguous - Microsoft still could partner with a hardware manufacturer and license the Zune functionality to a third party, without contradicting itself.
And of course, the new iPhone models are due for a June release, and there's the Google G2 handset expected before then, plus a rumoured release date of June 7th for the Palm Pre. If you get off on smartphones, you'll be blind by Summer.