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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RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
10/19/2011 1:56:34 PM
I can't believe that it's actually more difficult to use. My sister got her Droid 3 yesterday evening and after spending 20 minutes with it was already doing more with it and knew more about HOW to do things with it than my other sister and our mom know about their iPhone 4s that they've each had for a couple of months now.
In some ways, iOS is simpler, but part of that simplicity is an inability to do some things one would imagine should be easily doable. Having tried to navigate iOS when they ask me how to do something (they ask because I've had a smartphone for over a year now, so they're all the same, right?) Android is far easier to figure out, even if there is a list of 12 'settings' options instead of just 5... I can look at each of them and say "this should be here" and there it is, rather than iOS where I have to hope that the option exists, and then go find it in the generic 'settings' options.
RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
10/19/2011 3:45:29 PM
exactly... My 7 year old daughter is all over my Droid3 and has no problems at all monpolizing it from me.
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