Fran Shammo, the chief financial officer of Verizon Communications Inc., has indicated that Verizon will be supportive of Microsoft's revamped mobile operating system Windows Phone, which is already being promoted heavily by the Finland-based phone maker Nokia Corp. This support will be an alternative alongside the iPhone and other phones that are powered by Google's Android operating system.
According to Shammo, Verizon believes a ‘third ecosystem’ is particularly important in the smartphone business, beyond merely Android and iPhone. “I do think, though, that it is important that there is a third ecosystem that's brought into the mix here, and we are fully supportive of that with Microsoft. We created the Android platform from the beginning and it is an incredible platform today... We're looking to do the same thing with a third ecosystem,” said Shammo in an interview following Verizon’s Earnings conference call.
Microsoft has not yet commented officially about the next update of its existing mobile operating system, but it is expected that Windows Phone 8 — codenamed ‘Apollo’ — is expected on phones this holiday season.