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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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RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By rocketbuddha on 10/19/2011 12:37:39 PM , Rating: 2
Before Win 7, Windows Mobile phones had a "RESET" switch to restart the phone. I have a aging Win 6.3 Mobile fone and when I call for any support the first qn they suggest is
a) Sir, have u pressed the RESET button and are u still having the issue.

All Stevie needs Android for is to have a reason to extort Android manufacturers with licensing (undisclosed) fees and force Windows 7 licensing.

RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By Mitch101 on 10/19/2011 12:58:25 PM , Rating: 1
I have never had to reset my Windows Phone 7. Not once in the past year and Im not the only one. It has never crashed or hung. No mystery select icon and nothing happens.

Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is the most stable mobile phone OS

Windows Phone 7
Zero! That is how many times I have seen a reset on ANY Windows Phone 7 device that I have been using in over a year. During that time I have used at least six WP7 devices on all four wireless carriers.

RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By B3an on 10/19/2011 2:15:51 PM , Rating: 2
He was talking about Windows MOBILE, not WP7. I agree that WP7 is the most stable (and most polished) OS out there. But Win Mobile was the total opposites. It's actually an amazing turnaround for MS.

RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By Arsynic on 10/19/2011 4:43:26 PM , Rating: 1
Win Mobile was horrible. My wife owned a Samsung Omnia and it was garbage. She had to RESET (not reboot, RESET) her phone monthly. It was just a mini PC. People don't want a mini PC they want a smartphone.

WinMobile was so bad that even MS had to reboot...the whole fucking platform.

RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By priusone on 10/19/2011 2:19:49 PM , Rating: 1
So true. I used to have to reset my Windows 98 quite a bit, but Windows (non mobile) 7, well, it only needs reset after some security patches.

A valid complaint would be WMP; why is it that other media players pause and play with the well hidden Space Bar, yet unless you dig through the menus, it's Ctrl-P on WMP? It doesn't bug me, personally, but it drives my non-tech friends nuts. Sure, Ballmer can complain about Android, but perhaps he could do something more constructive, like find out an easier way to pause a video. And before anyone comes to Microsofts defense, I know what the Space Bar does in WMP.

RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By sprockkets on 10/19/2011 3:37:33 PM , Rating: 3
I've never had to reset my android phone either. What does my experience and the article's author experience mean?

That anecdotal evidence means NOTHING .

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