Microsoft CEO attacks Google’s Android OS

Posted on Oct 20 2011 - 3:06pm by Thomas Sharp

Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., does not have anything good to say about the Android operating system and Google apps, as he appeared at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.

Ballmer attacked Google’s Android, saying that the operating system is too hard for ordinary users to handle. “You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows phone and you do to use an Android phone,” he said. “It is hard for me to be excited about the Android phones.”

Though not excited about Android phones, he does have nice things to say about the Apple iPhone, saying that the handset “is a good competitor, but a different one.”

Ballmer praised Siri, the latest innovation of Apple for the iPhone 4S. You can tell Siri to send emails, text messages, or even set your alarm. However, he said that smartphones powered by Windows are better because it puts the needs of the users front and center of the experience.

He said that Windows-powered phones and iPhones feel god to the hands and look physically beautiful, but when a Windows phone is used, users don’t have to scroll through dozens of icons just to get the information they need.

The CEO also said that Windows phones need to compete against the pricing of Android devices, and start supporting less expensive models. He also denied that Microsoft will be releasing its own smartphone to compete with Apple’s iPhone.

via: Geeky Gadgets

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