Ballmer: iOS is too controlled, Android is wild, Windows Phone is great

Ballmer: iOS is too controlled, Android is wild, Windows Phone is greatThe smartphone market is very much dominated by Android at the moment, with iOS claiming an impressive second (considering the modest number of iPhone variants on sale), and RIM’s BlackBerry OS – despite doing little of interest in months – still claiming third.

But wait, what about Windows Phone? Despite its paltry market share, it’s the best thing ever, right? Well, yes, according to Steve Ballmer.

In an interview with Reid Hoffman, best known as co-founder of LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed his thoughts on the top two smartphone operating systems.

Android, according to Steve, is “wild” and “uncontrolled”, and - as we're repeatedly warned - open to malware. Google’s offering has previously been described as the “wild west” of operating systems.

Of course, that hasn’t stopped Android skyrocketing, largely thanks to the availability of a range of smartphones at different price points. It’s not all about the high-end stuff.

iOS, meanwhile, continues to hold second place, lately offering three iPhones at a time (currently it’s the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5). On the price subject, Ballmer notes that the iPhone was recently selling for $1,000 in Russia. Cripes.

Steve also reckons iOS is “too controlled”, though there are literally millions of consumers who’d beg to differ, big man.

Windows Phone 8 has kinda sorta half launched, though it remains to be seen if it’ll perform any better than Windows Phone 7. Does anyone care?

Ballmer suggests Windows Phone 8 has the control of iOS (but not too much control), and the price range of Android. Best of both worlds, eh? How can it fail?

via: TechCrunch

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Pondlife  Nov. 15, 2012 at 14:04

I liked the Goldilocks comparison I saw elsewhere. Their porridge isn't too hot or too cold...

Puts it nicely at the childlike level it seems to be at.

Elopsided  Nov. 15, 2012 at 14:21

"Ballmer suggests Windows Phone 8 has the control of iOS (but not too much control), and the price range of Android. Best of both worlds, eh? How can it fail?"

What is not too much control? Only ballmers at Microsoft determine that. And if WP phones could sell in iPhone price range, they certainly would. It's not stupid to ask, it's stupid to give.

SpeedyG  Nov. 15, 2012 at 14:54

I wouldn't be to controlled to throw a custard pie wildly at Balmers direction mind you. :D

WP8 has a long way to go before any words have any meaning whatsoever.

Needs more apps, handsets and memory...

TJ Skywasher  Nov. 15, 2012 at 16:28

I don't think it matters what MS do anymore, whether it's a new OS, phones, tablets, whatever. They've had their big day and people seem less interested after years of Windows use. Everyone wants something new and different and something that perhaps looks and works better than a MS product. The X-Box is a good earner for them and the enterprise market relies on them for Office and the Server stuff they do, but as for consumers I think they've just become fed up with all the years of Windows use. So they can throw good money after bad and launch new products but I still think they're fighting an uphill battle because the majority of people aren't interested any more.

Wilcouk  Nov. 15, 2012 at 19:04

have been a Windows 7.8 user and had a go at Windows 8 with a useless Nokia Lumia 920 i can honestly say ... what is Ballmer on about? IOS is actually far less restrictive than WP8, dont get me wrong it's very fluid but it's not great infact far from it and still so many limitations to what it can do, just because you can change the Tile size and the color of said Tile doesnt make it any better, still cant even have a damn wallpaper in the background, eveN IOS does that...

SpeedyG  Nov. 15, 2012 at 21:08

have been a Windows 7.8 user and had a go at Windows 8 with a useless Nokia Lumia 920 i can honestly say ... what is Ballmer on about? IOS is actually far less restrictive than WP8, dont get me wrong it's very fluid but it's not great infact far from it and still so many limitations to what it can do, just because you can change the Tile size and the color of said Tile doesnt make it any better, still cant even have a damn wallpaper in the background, eveN IOS does that...

When did you get 7.8? I'm still stuck on 7.5 mate. :|

Wilcouk  Nov. 16, 2012 at 11:25

my bad, meant to say 7.5 based on 7.8 (was the deepshining nokia rom) for my HTC HD7, it's okay but i prefer the bright lights of my former Samsung Galaxy.

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