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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 Red Storm on 10/19/2011 12:49:19 PM , Rating: 4
But if that were true Android would be dead last in marketshare...

I've used all 3 OSes, and I stick with Android because I am in control of how information is presented to me. WP7 was nice at first, and then that 1-2 second animation with the tiles falling away really got on my nerves because I had to see it every single time I wanted to do anything with the phone.

RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By NellyFromMA on 10/19/2011 1:41:23 PM , Rating: 1
That's not true. Look at Windows. It was actualyl originally designed FOR scientists and the like really, not general consumers. Some argue it still isn't refined enough, not that I agree on that though.

Still, it has been and will continue to be for the foreseeable future the worlds most used desktop and server OS.

What happens, though, is eventually it runs like crap and then gets slow and buggy, which leads to disdain and ultimately losing market share.

Sound familiar? It should.

RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By Red Storm on 10/19/2011 1:51:21 PM , Rating: 3
Except that Android isn't losing marketshare, it is gaining more each time we take a look. That puts any argument that consumers don't like Android to shame.

RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By NellyFromMA on 10/21/2011 2:03:30 PM , Rating: 2
Android is still in its infancy. How long was Windows around before it started feeling the raimfication of its design choices.

RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By StanO360 on 10/19/2011 2:55:21 PM , Rating: 3
Ok, that is just silly "designed for scientists"? Ok, this is how it works. You had DOS, people started building front ends for it (including Apple). There were lots of task managers, including ones with window type functions.

Microsoft developed Excel and Word for Macs (the only fully windowed platform though not multi-tasking) they were the complete underdogs in a Word Perfect/Lotus world. They created Windows to bring a more flexible face to DOS and bring the graphic versions of those programs to the DOS world. Not for scientists, but everyone. And the succeeded with Windows, and the whole Office suite.

It will continue to dominate, because it's flexible, compatible, easy to program for, and easy enough for most people.

RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By NellyFromMA on 10/21/2011 2:04:37 PM , Rating: 2
Look it up before going spastic. It was designed ORIGINALLY for scientists, mathmaticians the like.

And try not to cry so much, I'm pro-Windows. I'm just telling it like it is. You dont have to see it.

By Shining Arcanine on 10/22/2011 2:45:52 PM , Rating: 2
Windows was designed as a replacement for OS/2, which was designed by IBM for businesses. The idea that Windows was designed for scientists is wrong.

Scientists in the physical sciences used UNIX and FORTRAN until Linux managed to replace in the top 500. They still use FORTRAN to this day, a language for which Microsoft has dropped support. Computer scientists used BSD and then more recently Linux. Windows managed to get something of a foothold with some people who had it come preinstalled on their systems and were either theorists (i.e. they didn't care) or don't care as long as it lets them do office work, but that is about it.

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