Amazon steals Microsoft Windows Phone boss

Jul 13, 2012 8:02 AM
Filed under Mobility

Kindle phone looks more likely.

Former Windows Phone director Robert Williams has joined the ranks of Amazon as head of its App Store, further fuellng rumours of an Amazon Kindle phone.

The former Microsoft director of business development joins Amazon under the same title.

Earlier this months, reports surfaced Amazon is building an Android-based smartphone in an attempt to rattle market leader Apple, in conjunction withh Chinese technology giant and Apple partner Foxconn.

The internet giant is also aiming to ward off any future attempts at patent litigation by the lawsuit-friendly Apple by acquiring wireless technology patents.

The move would expand Amazon out of its traditional digital entertainment market. 

It has already extended into the tablet market with the Kindle ebook reader and Kindle Fire tablet.

It is expected to release the second iteration of its flagship tablet at the end of the year, with the Kindle Fire to debut with a larger 8.9-inch display over its 7-inch predecessor.

This article originally appeared at

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Copyright ©


Amazon steals Microsoft Windows Phone boss
Top Stories
Microsoft unveils first laptop and Surface Pro 4
Major hardware unveiling includes Surface Pro 4 tablet, Surface Book, Surface Pen, new Lumias.
Revealed: Microsoft's new Surface Book
[Photos] See Microsoft's landmark hybrid laptop.
Meet the Surface Pro 4
[Photos] Thinner, lighter and faster than any previous Surface Pro.
Sign up to receive CRN email bulletins
Has consolidation gone too far in the telco/ISP industry?

Latest Comments
CRN Magazine

Issue: 342 | September 2015

CRN Magazine looks in-depth at the emerging issues and developments for the channel, and provides insight, analysis and strategic information to help resellers better run their businesses.