Bill also poopooed any suggestion that Microsoft was interested in an acquisition of Palm or RIM.
"Koefoed also noted that the operating system firm Palm and Research in Motion both have their own set of development challenges," Barnacle writes.
In Palmâ€™s case the massive failure of WebOS is clear, and despite RIMâ€™s huge success in the market, there is also very little doubt their OS is in need of a major revamp.
Hopefully much of that billion will be used for further intelligent integration of Microsoftâ€™s various online and desktop services in their various mobile operating systems.
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