Microsoft's Ballmer Ribs Android, Praises "Beautiful" iPhone
October 19, 2011 11:38 AM
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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.
"You ... need to be a computer scientist to use... an Android phone" -- Steve Ballmer
Is Google Inc.'s (
) Android to complicated for the public?
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 (
) boisterous chief executive, Steve Ballmer, from sharing his thoughts with whoever would listen.
At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, California, he
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. (
), 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. (
), 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."
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Well Bally, there's just one problem...
10/19/2011 1:02:25 PM
For a lot of users, the best specs are going to drive sales (this is especially true in Europe and the Middle East, much less so in America).
If I could use Windows Phone 7.5 on my Samsung Galaxy S II, then maybe I'd consider giving it a try.
As it happens, I'm locked into Android because I want to use the most technologically advanced smartphone.
The Windows Phone 7 offerings didn't feel compelling to me versus the Galaxy S II, and that's a big issue that needs to be addressed before we see any kind of significant traction with WP7.
RE: Well Bally, there's just one problem...
10/20/2011 3:22:14 AM
Samsung makes both Android and WP7 phones. Its the same hardware, other than the Firmware and required flash & camera shutter button.
You can go to the Android Market and download the free "WP7 Launcher".
"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone
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