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

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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109 Comments

1. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

oh ballmer just ssshhhhhhh

15. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

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

87. SleepingOz unregistered

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

89. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

30. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

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

45. Topcat488

Posts: 1412; Member since: Sep 29, 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

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.

78. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

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.

86. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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!

83. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

41. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

63. darkkjedii

Posts: 30880; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

57. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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!

64. darkkjedii

Posts: 30880; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly, and windows is a virus magnet.

95. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

true that :)

66. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

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

73. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Android & iOs is leading, What's WP8?

80. darkkjedii

Posts: 30880; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly

88. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 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.

90. darkkjedii

Posts: 30880; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

100% agreed bro

67. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

79. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

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

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.)

4. wendygarett unregistered

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

7. spideyhead256

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

8. maryaaadil

Posts: 146; Member since: Apr 07, 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?

23. hwaism

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

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

68. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

LINUX is way much better than closed half-cooked.

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