Microsoft's Ray Ozzie: "Apps Don’t Make Your Phone Special"

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Microsoft's chief software architect Ray Ozzie was discussing smartphones at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference earlier. Apparently, we just don't get what is and what isn't important in the smartphone battle, because according to him, apps don't really matter.

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We're focusing too much on the number or type of apps available on the different platforms, according to Ozzie:

All the apps that count will be ported to every one of them. It's a completely different situation from the PC market, where software's built to run on a Windows or a Mac. Mobile apps require very little development, so it's much easier to bring them onto every platform.

Ozzie, Ozzie, Ozzie. You're just jealous that the Windows Mobile Market doesn't have enough fart apps, aren't you? Or did you watch that App Lab video one too many times? [Venture Beat via Brian X. Chen]

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I wish MS would just focus on their own products (and improving them, wherever needed) instead of making bitchy comments about Apple's products. It just smacks of, "I know you are, but what am I?" playground backtalk. Half the comments sound like some of these people are just hearing about the iphone and app store for the first time. Did they have their heads buried in the sand for the last three years?

Apple makes one phone (model variations aside) and they do it very well. MS has their mobile OS on several different smartphones, making their product available to a wider range of consumers. If MS would concentrate their efforts on improving the mobile OS (and a decent delivery vehicle for getting apps to these phones) they'd be in a better position now. Instead they're scrambling to play catch up to Apple. #rayozzie