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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Microsoft vs Android
10/19/2011 2:35:51 PM
Both Microsoft and Apple really don't care how successful Android is becuase, Microsoft gets over $15.00, and Apple over $35.00, per android phone sold due to patent licensing. This why Google bought Motorola to try and get away from all the licensing cost it pays to both Apple and Micosoft. Even with the purchase of Motorolla, Goolge will still have to pay Microsoft, but may reduce the amount paid to Apple. Right now Google is actually in the red for every phone sold, and is only making its money back from Apps sold and advertising on free apps. Samsung has the same problem with it Galaxy tablets because it has to pay both Microsoft and Apple for licenses. Don't let the media fool you into thinking Google is really on top; look at the profit and revenue margins of each of these companies and you will see Google if far to the rear.
RE: Microsoft vs Android
10/20/2011 2:03:29 AM
Where did you get "Apple gets over $35 per Android phone sold" ?. Apple has no such licensing policies!. If it did, it could not really sue SamSung for all those patent infringements !.
Ignorant as Balmer is, he still does not get the phone market. WP7 will die in 2 years when Apple wakes up and drop the price to match some of the Android handset competitors.
MS is a big patent troll over Android handset makers. And I hope the Justice Department does something about such commercial blackmail.
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