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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10/20/2011 2:45:16 AM
This, coming from a guy from a company that made the crappiest mainstream operating system ever made? (okay, bought it for $25k) MS-DOS was not user friendly, hell, it wasn't even power-user friendly.
It would take Microsoft 10 years to come out with a consumer GUI OS (Win95) that Apple did with Macintosh and Commodore with the Amiga.
RE: What The...
10/20/2011 3:19:23 AM
But Android is lacking in data / media management. ie: iTunes.
Samsung, Sony, Motorola have all kinds of different interfaces for these phones, some work - some don't. Samsung blows chunks in this area.
RE: What The...
10/20/2011 9:33:40 AM
Did you just say that MS-DOS was crappy? You realize that you have to compare it to SysV from 1985, not OS X. That's like saying that the model T is a joke compared to a Fisker Karma.
Hell, I was seven years old and had a bunch of batch file that would load all of my custom autoexex.bat and config.sys to manage my 640k of ram the best way it could. I still have fond memories of QEMM making my life easier.
Of course, my little finger tells me you're bashing MS-DOS but were born after windows 95 was released.
RE: What The...
10/24/2011 4:49:45 AM
IMHO, Apple's Mac OS 9 and lower is related more to Windows 3.1 than Windows 95. Windows 95 is far advanced than Mac OS 9. At least Windows 3 at the time knew how to handle virtual memory while Mac OS 9 is require for the user to manually enter it in or else it will get locked up.
MS-DOS is power-user dream that is bursting at its seams if you are willing to learn DOS instead whine about it is not friendly. Yep, MS-DOS is not friendly because it is a command line interface for crying out loud. MS-DOS replace whatever OS the computer had to a friendlier one. I do think they even have an OS before MS-DOS came out. In those days, people have to know how to use a computer instead of stating I am computer illiterate. These days computer illiterate people are not challenged or not kicked out.
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