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Steve Ballmer would like to welcome Android OS to "Microsoft's World  (Source: Microsoft)
Ballmer has some more interesting insight into looking at the world through Microsoft-colored glasses.

At a recent Tokyo press conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had some interesting things to say about Google and its new Android OS, the mobile phone OS that Google has in development.

Ballmer has a penchant for colorful remarks; for example. he recently likened his relationship with Microsoft founder and good friend Bill Gates to a marriage which has produced many, many children.

Ballmer was at it again, raining harsh criticism on Google, dismissing Android OS as nothing but a press release.

He also stated that he would like to welcome Google into "Microsoft's world," apparently referring to the mobile phone market.

He said, "Right now they have a press release, we have many, many millions of customers, great software, many hardware devices and they're welcome in our world."

His remarks seem slightly curious as Microsoft is dominated in market share of the mobile phone market by the more widespread Symbian OS.

Ballmer refused to comment on the Android software itself, instead simply sticking to a general critique of Google policy.  He said that he felt that Android OS was vaporware at the present and could not be compared to Microsoft's mobile phone OS, Windows Mobile.

"Well of course their efforts are just some words on paper right now, it's hard to do a very clear comparison [with Windows Mobile]," he said.

Perhaps he might be able to comment soon, as Google has released a concrete initial version of its Software Development Kit for the Android OS, something that competitor Apple Inc., still has been unable to do for the iPhone due to alleged security issues.  Google also spread even more love by offering a $10 million USD bounty for "Cool Apps" from third parties for the platform.

Ballmer says he is not threatened by Google, but that Microsoft is watching them like a hawk.

"So we have great momentum, we've brought our Windows Mobile 6 software to market, we're driving forward on our future releases and we'll have to see what Google does," said Ballmer.

Google's Android OS is based on Linux and is under a modified open-source Apache license.  It is being co-developed by "the Open Handset Alliance," which includes industry giants such as T-Mobile, Sprint Nextel, Samsung Electronics, and LG Electronics.

Google's Android OS generated a tremendous amount of buzz in the online community months before its true nature was unveiled.

Ballmer is not the only one who has been making comments deriding Android OS.  Symbian OS CEO Nigel Clifford, also made a similar remark at a Tokyo press conference several days prior.

"One of the reactions [to Android OS] is, it's another Linux platform," Clifford stated. "There's 10, 15, 20, maybe 25 different Linux platforms out there. It sometimes appears that Linux is fragmenting faster than it unifies."

Whether Android OS will be a hit or miss remains to be seen, but it appears to be making competitors slightly antsy and generating some new interesting comments to add to Microsoft's colorful public relations history.

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Pointless articles...
By Connoisseur on 11/14/2007 10:19:29 AM , Rating: 5
I don't understand why a competitor's comments on a yet-to-be-released app are newsworthy. What do we expect MS or Symbian to say? "Boy that Android OS sure blows us out of the water". Of course they're going to downplay it. It could be the greatest thing since buttered toast and they'd still downplay it. Now if these comments are posted just to poke fun of Ballmer later when Android is dominating, that's understandable.

RE: Pointless articles...
By mforce on 11/14/2007 10:33:04 AM , Rating: 2
Couldn't have said it better myself. You don't really expect them to say that they're sh*tting thei pants , now do you ?
A statement from Ballmer : "We know our Windows Mobile is lagging behind Symbian , we have some smartphones build using it but they aren't really going through the roof in sales and this things looks cool , it's build on Linux, free , open source. Yeah , sure we have Windows Mobile 6 that just came out but it's the same boring Windows Mobile just a new version of it." . And then hell froze :).
I bet both MS and Symbian had these statements prepared and just realeased them cause they knew what they were going to say no matter how cool Android would be.
And about downplaying , the best example I can think of was when Intel was using it to say 64 bit is useless for consumers. A bit later on the came and announced EMT 64 which is nothing more than a copy of AMD 64 which was people didn't need , right ? :))
I don't even know why they bother with these things ... Who cares . They're probably scared, both MS and Symbian cause they know this thing is a real danger to the way they do business. Even Nokia which has 48% of Symbian admitted it may one day use Android so we'll see.

RE: Pointless articles...
By CheesePoofs on 11/14/2007 11:05:52 AM , Rating: 1
So then don't read it. It's not like you're obligated to.

Personally, I found the article interesting and slightly amusing.

RE: Pointless articles...
By Hase0 on 11/14/2007 11:55:06 AM , Rating: 4
How do you know if something is worth reading if you dont read it all first. All it takes is one sentence to make a article worth reading. I really hate when people say "WELLZ, dont readsss it gai!!1" it's like punching someone in the face and saying it's their fault for not standing where you punched.

Honestly please come up with rebuttals that doesn't rely on the concept "ignorance is bliss" since it obviously isn't working that well for you.

O BTW FYI i actually enjoyed reading the article, despite some people thinking it not newsworthy

RE: Pointless articles...
By ted61 on 11/14/2007 12:25:56 PM , Rating: 2
I agree that it is a pointless article but I always like some good quotes from Steve.

I could not bring myself to even look at the AMD or whatever box art revealed. Now that is pointless.

Maybe the writers strike has struck Daily tech as well.

RE: Pointless articles...
By aos007 on 11/15/2007 1:41:42 PM , Rating: 2
How do you know if something is worth reading if you dont read it all first.

Exactly! Shouldn't the role of news sources be to FILTER the irrelevant/boring/useless stuff so that readers only get the important stuff? There's too much information out there for any human to be ingesting. Just like in newspapers they probably go through all their feeds and only print stuff they think would be interesting. Now Daily Tech may be more of a "raw feed" than an edited news source but still there should be some basic rules. Really, something like this happens many times a day in all industries and in vast majority of cases the answers are some kind of textbook downplay or perhaps "no comment". If the journalist or analyst or whoever got to ask CEO a question was compelled to ask it, at least the rest of us shouldn't need to read it - unless something unusual was said such as "expect a new announcement from us next week". Or such as Divx CEO comment from today, where it appears he jumped a gun. Now THAT'S new information.

Maybe the problem is that journalists/bloggers feel forced (by editors, work ethic, whatever) to post SOMETHING even when there's nothing be posted that day.

RE: Pointless articles...
By murphyslabrat on 11/14/2007 1:10:09 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. I, literally, just finished watching Pirates of Silicon Valley -- in-class -- and my first thought was, "Huh, he really is like that..."

On that note, I was amazed that they stuck to any facts. It's kinda weird watching a movie or documentary about something you know very well...I really don't recommend it.

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