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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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By cjohnson2136 on 10/19/2011 12:41:20 PM , Rating: 2
Because maybe they would rather make more on their phones then android phones?


By Reclaimer77 on 10/19/2011 1:32:24 PM , Rating: 3
Microsoft doesn't care about their phones. What they care about is they see Android allowing Google to leverage their massive portfolio of services onto mobile platforms, and making hand over fist doing it. Microsoft cannot allow Google to beat them at their own game here.

It's not just phones either. Products like Logitech's Revue With Google TV prove that Android can also be a major player in your living room and compete with Xbox for Internet streaming box/device market share.

These are just the opening shots in which is sure to be a tech war of major proportions.


By OoklaTheMok on 10/19/2011 2:48:17 PM , Rating: 2
Honestly, Google TV and "major player" really do not belong together. I think WebTV in it's heyday had a better adaption rate than Google TV.


By Reclaimer77 on 10/19/2011 3:15:59 PM , Rating: 3
That's because it launched at something like $300. Now it's $99 and quite a deal. But I don't think I was claiming it would become "major". I was simply pointing out the threat Android poses to MS.

But if you think Google TV is doing bad, check Apple TV out lmao. It was dead on arrival.


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