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Why is Microsoft Developing iPhone Apps?

Some might conclude that Microsoft has released an iPhone app thanks to iPhone envy, the desire to make a few bucks, or just jumping on the bandwagon. However, there could be another reason.

There have been persistent rumors of a Zune phone. Microsoft is probably not feeling the love right now with AT&T moving to Symbian, Nokia having bought Symbian, carriers moving to utilize Android on their own hardware, and the general feeling in the industry that now is the time to start learning how to integrate smartphone hardware and software.

Windows Mobile probably needs some sprucing up, and what better way to understand the ins-and-outs of developing software for a smart phone than to dig into the iPhone SDK?

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I can just hear the echos from the meeting... "By golly, if we're gonna compete with Apple, we need to know everything there is to know about writing an app for a smartphone like the iPhone ourselves. You... over there ... get going and publish one. Tell us what you learned."

Another Microsoft executive chimes in: "And, hey, what better way to make it look like we're not developing a phone than to publish an app for the iPhone? Gimme a raise!"

It's all just a crazy theory, of course.

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GelW said:

Apple’s software guys had to give loads of help to Microsoft when they first did Word and Excel - exclusively for Apple.

Not so crazy then!

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John Molloy said:

I posited a theory on engadget yesterday and got shot down sharpish. The whole point of developing an app for the iphone is to attempt to grok what it is that makes the iPhone work. Microsoft never do anything without an ulterior motive. It was a badly worded contract with Bonkers Apple (the one that didn’t have Steve Jobs involved) that gave Microsoft the keys to the kingdom. Sculley gave away the last 20 years of computing to people who have no idea what was required to make computing great. Hence the mostly boring computing world we live in today.

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jimothy said:

Clearly, Microsoft’s release of an application for iPhone validates the Windows Mobile platform.

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