In a recent interview with a German daily,
dead retired man walking Bill Gates chatted up the iPhone a bit, and either did a very good job of concealing his displeasure with its success in the American market, or genuinely doesn't give a flip about it. The key takeaway from the interview seems to be that Microsoft will not be launching an iPhone competitor, instead focusing its efforts on improving Windows Mobile and leaving the manufacturing of desirable hardware to its licensees. As the::unwired mentions, this seems to put a few more nails in the coffin of the long-rumored Zune phone, though we suppose it's remotely possible that Billy somehow doesn't see the Zune phone as a direct competitor to the iPhone. Given the way Windows Mobile has stagnated the past couple years, though, we're totally cool with these guys keeping everybody focused on developing a revolutionary new platform and staying out of the hardware biz -- for now, anyway.