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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer argues that he'd rather have Windows Phone handsets be like Apple's iPhone than like Android phones.  (Source: Telegraph)
"You ... need to be a computer scientist to use... an Android phone" -- Steve Ballmer

Is Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android to complicated for the public?

The tens of millions of smartphones it is unloading on the U.S. market and its dominant market share lead would seem to suggest otherwise.  But that didn't stop Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) boisterous chief executive, Steve Ballmer, from sharing his thoughts with whoever would listen.

At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, California, he told reporters, "You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows phone and you do to use an Android phone…It is hard for me to be excited about the Android phones.

Mr. Ballmer had kinder words for Apple, Inc. (AAPL), with which it hopes to via for second place in the market.  Mr. Ballmer revealed he's a fan of Siri, the "humble personal assistant" found in the iPhone 4S.  He comments, "Apple is a good competitor, but a different one.  Both [an iPhone and a Windows phone] are going to feel very good in your hand and both going to look very beautiful physically…"

"But when you grab a Windows phone and use it… your information is front and centre… and you don’t have to scroll through seas of icons and blah blah blah.  A Windows phone gets things done."

The one thing it can't seem to get done is generating market share.  Despite a promising Mango update, Microsoft remains a distant fourth place in the platform wars behind Research in Motion, Ltd. (TSE:RIM), Apple, and Google.

Despite his love for the iPhone, Mr. Ballmer says that Microsoft won't opt to follow in its footsteps and release first-party hardware.  He comments, "We are [only] focused on enabling hardware innovation…We have been very successful enabling hardware innovation and will continue to do so."

Source: Telegraph

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Wait a minute
By MeesterNid on 10/19/2011 12:06:40 PM , Rating: 1
Both [an iPhone and a Windows phone] are going to feel very good in your hand and both going to look very beautiful physically…

Didn't Microsoft hold a funeral for iPhone recently and now it's beautiful all of a sudden? The Ball needs to figure out what he thinks/where he stands.

RE: Wait a minute
By Obujuwami on 10/19/2011 1:17:48 PM , Rating: 3
Apple did the same thing with Vista, but with Windows 7 came out, they are doing exactly what Microsoft is doing: Praising a good product.

Remember the article that dropped a few weeks after the iPhone 4 was reviewed by Consumer Reports stating that the phone had a horrible hardware defect (antenna-gate)? Well, in that article, a senior vice president stated ..."the iPhone 4 may be their Vista, and I'm ok with that." Needless to say, Apple did exactly what Microsoft did with Vista to 7, they realized they screwed up and fixed it.

This is why Ballmer has no room for mocking the iPhone 4S.

RE: Wait a minute
By MeesterNid on 10/19/2011 2:03:49 PM , Rating: 1
Huh? That funeral was held long before iPhone 4S came out so your argument is a bit confused.

RE: Wait a minute
By Piiman on 10/19/2011 2:21:29 PM , Rating: 1
So he respects them for fixing their screwed up antenna? LOL OK

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