Bill Gates gave an interview to a German newspaper talking about their new Windows Mobile 5.0 release. The article is mainly about how Gates believes that smartphones will over take MP3s as the top choice of portable music player, and views the raging popularity of Apple’s iPod player as unsustainable. But when asked about the Blackberry, Bill Gates says,
“The BlackBerry is great but we’re bringing a new approach,” he said. “With BlackBerry you need to link to a separate server, and that costs extra. With us, the e-mail function will already be part of the server software.”
“Therefore I’d venture the prediction that Microsoft will make wireless e-mail ubiquitous.”
Although Gates is correct, his quote is a bit misleading. To get true push-email a company will still have to invest in Exchange licenses, which does cost extra. Where as with a Blackberry solution, firms will still need to invest in a Blackberry Exchange Server (BES) on top of their regular email servers, but they are not pidgeon-hold into using Microsoft Exchange. With the BES software, firms can pick and choose between Exchange, Novell, or Lotus.