Bill Gates considers Finland’s Nokia as a competitor. The warning from the Microsoft chairman reflects the potential that 3G technology offers to software and handset manufacturers.
Nokia, the world’s largest mobile maker, must take the warning seriously: Microsoft has already started collaborating with Nokia’s archrival Ericsson.
Addressing the Swedish Royal Technical College, Mr Gates said that 3G technology will benefit the ailing PC industry. Microsoft is now dedicated to developing software for the next generation of handsets.
Mr Gates sees wireless web services as the savior of the current economic downturn. He even claims that mServices could accelerate economic growth to the levels recorded in the 1990s.