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Ballmer: Android is wild, uncontrolled and malware prone; Apple is overpriced

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Ballmer: Android is wild, uncontrolled and malware prone; Apple is overpriced
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was being interviewed by Reid Hoffman on Wednesday night, and the executive made some unflattering comments about both Android and Apple. Talking about Android, Ballmer said that the OS is "wild", "uncontrolled" and "susceptible to malware". As for Apple, the Microsoft executive calls it "high priced" and "highly controlled." 

On stage, Steve Ballmer is interviewed by Reid Hoffman

On stage, Steve Ballmer is interviewed by Reid Hoffman

Ballmer's goal is to gently position Windows right in between the two to make a success of Microsoft's mobile OS. Ballmer says that Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Microsoft Surface have all been done right and unlike Apple and Android, Microsoft is talking closely with developers. Talking about Windows, he says, "It just works," a comment usually directed at Apple's smooth as silk iOS. Ballmer also got in a shot at the Apple Maps debacle.

These are critical days for Microsoft with Windows Phone 8 rolling out along with the Microsoft Surface RT tablet and Windows 8. Next quarter, RIM is expected to launch BlackBerry 10 and the competition will tighten up some more. The conventional wisdom has Windows Phone 8 battling with BlackBerry 10 for third next year with the loser moving one step closer to extinction.

source: TechCrunch

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posted on 14 Nov 2012, 23:59 52

1. pongkie (Posts: 634; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


oh ballmer just ssshhhhhhh

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 00:39 7

15. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


yes, just crying how incompetent is his mobile OS...

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 09:20 4

87. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Yeah he's just butthurt about the fact that Android and iOS devices are selling well while WP is struggling.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 09:54 3

89. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I love how there are so many stupid pictures of him.... Very much agreed with the ssshhhh. Balmer is the worst thing to happen to Microsoft.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 01:21 17

30. HäckeMáte (Posts: 168; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


developers, developers, developers, developers
developers, developers, developers, developers
developers, developers, developers, developers
developers, developers, developers, developers

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 02:18 18

45. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


I think Steve Ballmer should read more PA articles, cause he's saying the opposite...

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Study-by-Symantec-says-both-iOS-and-Android-more-secure-than-your-PC_id19943

Whats coming next from this comedian... Mama jokes? :d

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 06:00 9

75. Aeires (unregistered)


You know your Android phone is redneck if...

Seriosly, MS CEO calling Android suspect to malware. Windows created companies like McAfee, Symantec, and others.

You can't sue your way to the top, or criticize your way there either. Companies should just focus on improving their produccts and STFU.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 06:31 3

78. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Or, the CEO could not be as arrogant as Ballmer is.

I wonder how long he will last if Win 8 upgrades (from earlier versions of Windows) are slow to materialize. The upgrade revenues can easily swamp the revenues from new PC sales. If the upgrades (and their revenues) are slow to materialize, Bill has a bad day.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 08:27

85. Aeires (unregistered)


I'm willing to bet W8 upgrades will be the lowest in the past 20 years for MS. W8 might have the best first adaption rate because tablets are getting pushed like never before, but the difference from W7 to W8 is too big and going to have an impact on people wanting to upgrade their computers.

How did Ballmer get this position anyway? He seems like an easy person to replace if things indeed don't go well with W8.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 08:50 2

86. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Not supporting Ballmer, but everything is vulnerable to virus if not careful...even we are!!
Ballmer needs to calm his "Ball.."s..this is no way to start a friendly battle... he's shooting off at all the wrong places!

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 07:44

83. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


This is one of the funniest clips on Youtube...

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 02:06 3

41. nobelset (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


He's dumb, he knows very well the OS Bill Gates made was open source since and of course an open source would be prone to malware.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 04:13 2

63. darkkjedii (Posts: 22038; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yep, I got more viruses using windows than android and iOS combined.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 03:22 11

57. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


yeah ballmer WP is great but dont slander Android which is easily the best mobile OS otu there....word to the wise Ballmer...Dont hunt wachya cant kill!

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 04:14 6

64. darkkjedii (Posts: 22038; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Exactly, and windows is a virus magnet.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 11:39

95. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


true that :)

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 05:26 2

66. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Maybe finally the time has come when Android and iOS fans will fight back. As one.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 05:52 3

73. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Android & iOs is leading, What's WP8?

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 06:44 3

80. darkkjedii (Posts: 22038; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Exactly

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 09:53

88. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


fight back....back at what this isnt a war. but i love how suddenly android users now want ios on ''there side''

how about and its a crazy idea we stop this fanboy taking sides crap.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 10:11 1

90. darkkjedii (Posts: 22038; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


100% agreed bro

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 05:41 2

67. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


So what, what's the big deal, it's an open platform what do you expect. That's why there is "Anti-virus"

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 06:42 1

79. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Uh oh....Ballmer's at it again....

He was one of the main people who famously, basically laughed at the orig iPhone.

At some point these CEO's will learn to just shut up and compete.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 00:01 20

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


im actually more interested in what RIM has than i am with windows phone.....tbh not sayin its bad just my opinion

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 00:02 9

3. nwright94 (unregistered)


And Windows is known for its top notch security and no malware? Exactly. (Yes I realize windows phone and windows are completely different but he's calling the kettle black.)

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 00:03 3

4. wendygarett (unregistered)


Apple is overpriced? Poor Ballmer, just because you yourself cannot afford one :)

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 00:12 21

7. spideyhead256 (Posts: 148; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


it IS overpriced.im surely not gonna pay Rs.52000 (950$) for a tiny 4 inch screen with 16 gigs of storage space.im not talking iOS vs Android both systems have their fair share of cons and pros..but seriously that price is too damn high.meme intended.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 00:12 21

8. maryaaadil (Posts: 146; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


Apple is overpriced.
Its not that one can't afford it but the thing is that one can get something better for lower price.
iPhone 5 costs 900$+ in India.
How that is cheap?

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 00:59 5

23. hwaism (Posts: 10; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


Apple use unix system. Android is using open source Linux. Correct me if I'm wrong.

posted on 15 Nov 2012, 05:42 1

68. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


LINUX is way much better than closed half-cooked.

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