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October 7, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Microsoft and Verizon ain’t kin no more

Verizon’s new president, Lowell McAdam, has a way with words. He can speak volumes with a brief phrase.

In an interview with Cnet at the CTIA conference, he politely eviscerated Microsoft, saying it’s no longer a contender in the U.S. mobile business and has lost to Apple, Google and RIM. He also said Microsoft has to innovate if it’s going to get products into Verizon stores.

Mee-ow McAdam also likes Verizon’s current relationship with Microsoft. That would be cold and distant?

Maybe he’s just trying to cozy up to Steve Jobs.

Here are a few bits from the Cnet interview:

What about Microsoft Windows Mobile 7 phones? Microsoft is launching new Windows Mobile 7 phones next week on AT&T’s network. Will Verizon offer some new Windows Mobile 7 devices on the LTE network?

McAdam: I can’t really say which phones we’ll offer yet. We like our relationship with Microsoft. But clearly in the U.S. there are three major mobile operating systems: RIM, Google, and Apple.

So you don’t view Microsoft as a major player in mobile anymore?

McAdam: No not at the moment. Microsoft is not at the forefront of our mind.

Does this have anything to do with the short-lived Microsoft Kin? That was kind of a mess.

McAdam: This really goes back to what I said earlier about how innovation in wireless devices and applications is moving so quickly. Our device suppliers have to demonstrate to us that they will be developing leading edge products. And if they are not leading edge, then we can’t afford to carry them in our stores. But if they are innovative, we’ll offer them.

Comments | Topics: Microsoft, Phones, Telecom

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