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: In other words...
10/20/2011 2:41:27 AM
WP7 (Metro) interface is excellent for a phone. With my Android, I downloaded a WP7 "skin" launcher that gives me most of the interface of WP7, without it being WP7.
But honestly, I do recommend it WP7 for people, it is slick. Android 4.0 (Ice Cream) is very SLICK, looks like Goggle did a pretty good job, but I don't think they went far enough.
Going with 5 tiny button at the bottom for the BASIC function of the launcher (Phone / Contacts / Web / Messaging / Menu)... SUCKS!!
With the WP7 Launcher, the buttons "Tiles" are bigger... and they tell me things. How many phone calls I missed, email messages, voice mail, TEXT.
The pages of apps just looks like garbage, even thou they do look great in 4.0... its just messy. Is the icon I'm looking for on page 1, or 3 or 7?
I didn't actually like my Android phone until I installed Launcher 7. Froyo upgrade fixed a lot of things, but also made life harder, like some idiot at Google was hired to mess with people. Like the PHONE log that shows Text logs.
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