In a move that some analysts are calling a step towards competing with Apple and their popular iPhone, Microsoft has reshuffled some of its internal divisions regarding mobile phones. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Andrew Lees has been promoted to senior vice president in charge of the mobile phone division.
The Journal article indicates that the promotion of Lees represents Microsoft’s desire to step up their game in the mobile telecom business. A report in Valleywag accuses Microsoft of vastly underestimating the popularity of the iPhone when it was first launched but last year.
Specifically, the man previously in Lees’ new position, Pieter Knook. According to the post, “Lees replaces Pieter Knook, who shuffles into retirement on today’s news. Perhaps this is because Knook last year allowed Steve Ballmer to say ‘There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.'”