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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 mcnabney on 10/19/2011 2:28:06 PM , Rating: 2
First, WP7 devices are still only available with ancient (1 year old) hardware because Microsoft appears to be incapable of managing their ecosystem. They are doing all of the lame micromanaging that Apple does, except they aren't Apple.

Second, Balmer should shut his pie hole about Android. Unlike WP7, Microsoft has actually made some money off of Android. So far, MS hasn't made a nickel off of the phones that are out there (due to manufacture incentives), plus they are out a few billion for development costs, several hundred millions in ads, and a cool billion for the bribe to Nokia.

Third, the world could do with a little less Microsoft. They screwed their consumers as hard as they could with Windows Mobile and now that they see the tablet/phone might soon be REPLACING the desktop they are trying to make nice. Sorry Microsoft. You can't just write checks until you are market leader.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By cjohnson2136 on 10/19/2011 2:30:04 PM , Rating: 1
Apple fanboi SHUT UP. It is so irritating seeing your post also bashing anything that's not Apple.


RE: Steve Ballmer is Correct
By mcnabney on 10/20/2011 9:15:40 AM , Rating: 2
Apple fanboi? The last Apple product I owned was a 2e (still works, wow). I hate Apple as much as Microsoft. They both horribly warp the industry.


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