In an interview with German paper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said that the company does not have plans to launch a handset that will compete directly with Apple’s iPhone.
Gates cited the company’s partnerships with various handset manufacturers and said that within the smartphone market, Microsoft is committed to working solely on its Windows Mobile platform.
While Microsoft may not be a threat to Apple’s iPhone, anti-virus software vendor F-Secure released a warning that the first Trojan malware for the hyped handset has been detected.
The company said that the Trojan package, which pretends to be an update of Erica’s Utilities, contains false application installation information that will remove legitimate third-party applications when it is uninstalled. F-Secure said that the Trojan app appears as an installer in the iPhone’s firmware 1.1.3 prep.
The security company also said the malware seems to have been written as a proof of concept by an 11-year old. The child’s father dismantled the hosting site as soon as he was alerted about the issue.