Verizon, America’s largest wireless provider has thrown a cold, wet blanket on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 event, scheduled on Oct’11th in New York. Verizon CEO and president Lowell McAdam doesn’t see Microsoft as a major player in mobile, saying the future lies with Android, Blackberry, and the iPhone.
McAdam, whose company sold Microsoft’s hyped then aborted KIN social phone earlier this year, appeared to base his view on a lack of innovation from Microsoft.
Asked by Cnet, whether Verizon will offer devices on its 4G LTE network, coming later this year, McAdam said: “I can’t really say which phones we’ll offer yet. We like our relationship with Microsoft. But clearly in US there’re three major mobile operating systems: RIM, Google, and Apple.”
Does he see Microsoft as a major player in mobile? “No, not at the moment. Microsoft isn’t at the forefront of our mind,” he answered.