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 8:43:39 AM
Funny part is that Apple used to say the same thing about Windows.
How many people here prefer a Mac over a Windows computer/laptop? What about the multitude of options you get on a Windows system over a Mac.
Sure the Apple Mac is pretty, glitzy & easy to use. But the Windows system is far more flexible and runs a much wider variety of hardware. Which OS sells more and is more popular? Apple's or Microsoft's? Which runs on a wider range of manufacturer's platforms? Which is cheaper to buy and use?
Now how may people here are not seeing this exact same analogy between iPhone (iOS) and Android? I sure do. I also use windows computers everywhere and really don't mind the odd crash or hang. I don't use a Mac because I am not interested in paying Apple's prices for Apple's limited line of hardware that locks me into doing everything as Apple says is must be done (or else).
There's been a lot of comments like "Well iOS is not as popular because it only runs on iPhones" as if that is a Good Thing. I don't see it that way.
Apple will always have it's niche of people that do not want to follow the mainstream. And that is cool. Apple has always marketed their products to that niche and I hope that doesn't change now that Jobs is no longer holding the reins. Apple and its products fills a need in the consumer technology world. It will never fulfill the needs of the majority mainstream market though because it is, and always has been a niche player.
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