Steve Ballmer confirms that Nokia Windows Phones are on tap for next week, says Android is for geeks

Steve Ballmer confirms that Nokia Windows Phones are on tap for next week, says Android is for geeks
In his trademark direct style Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer said in an interview at the Web 2.0 Summit: “You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows Phone, but I think you do to use Android.

Ballmer's jab at Google's mobile OS has actually been admitted by Andy Rubin himself, who said they are working to make the green robot more user-friendly. Some of the new features in Android Ice Cream Sandwich stirred the Windows Phone community, which pointed out that they resemble features in Microsoft's mobile OS, like the People Hub.

The telling part of the interview, however, came after CEO Steve Ballmer admitted that we will actually see "new devices running Windows Phone" at Nokia World, which starts next week, although it has been largely suggested that will indeed be the case. For the first time we hear an the CEO of Microsoft to confirm the new era for the alleged third mobile ecosystem is about to start next Wednesday with the official announcement of them Nokia Windows Phones, eight months and change after CEO Stephen Elop said my way or the highway regarding Nokia, Symbian, Android, MeeGo and WP.



1. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Lol, I guess it is more difficult using a more complex OS, it has more options making it superior, and that's why Wp7 is for old people! lol jking

19. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

i was going to come in here and say the same thing. Windows is for my great grand

71. Penny

Posts: 1850; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I wouldn't put too much stock into what Ballmer said. He said it to appeal to the masses that are non-techies. I very much consider myself to be a geek, but I prefer WP7. In fact, most WP7 users that I know are technology enthusiasts that adopted the platform early. Oh, and your great grand is a very smart person.

69. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Windows phone is for everyone except "geeks". Too simple for their brains to compute. Its good that everyone can use wp, even grammas and grandpas. Stay connected to the people you care most. And to see grammas and grandpas use wp is exciting. Get everyone into the tech age!

2. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

well than i am proud to be a geek. android is the os of my choice i am a fandroid and proud of it :D

35. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

With Android activation metrics approaching 1 million/day, there must be a bunch of 'geeks' out there. Steve would sell his entire family into bondage to get those metrics for WP7.

36. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

^That's the truth. How is everyone at Microsoft NOT a "geek", by the way?

3. Smg-Uk

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

Can't wait to see the Nokia WP's otherwise i will be upgrading from my Mozart to the Titan :D

4. KEVlN

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

If telling us that nokia windows phones are coming is their answer to the nexus prime/android 4.0 then they are seriously kidding themselves. Windows phone is still just picking up crumbs of market-share. Numbers don't lie and the pure fact that android is the leading OS as of today just proves that people prefer android. They need to get off their high horse and accept that what they have is great and all, but people like that extra kick. People like geeks. And android isn't going anywhere.

15. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Not to kill your thunder but has there been any real marketing effort and quality phone launches? I am sure once HTC and Nokia jump into the game things will change quite a bit. Nokia has a very strong brand.

26. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Actually HTC "jumped into the game" from day one and the results are what you see. It is Microsoft's fault the hardware is so far behind since they dictate what your phone can have inside, that's the problem with Windows Phone, hardware. I was thinking about trying Windows but with Google's announcement last night they again are far behind

28. bluechrism

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

Actually, the results are partly from a seriously limited feature set in the original Windows Phone (much like the iPhone and first android devices had) and so the verdict on them was "nice, but not ready yet". Windows Phone is playing catch up , and no doubt Android willk remain more feature rich and mature then Windows Phone after wednesday as before, but that doesn't mean it hasn't come along way, nor does it mean MS (and other moile platforms) should just give up an let there be an Android/iPhone duopoly.

34. ReturningToNokia

Posts: 130; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

Kevin,Nokia Windows Phones have been in the making since February 11th - You know this! The Nokia/Microsoft alliance pre dates anything released after that announcement. Ballmer isn't telling you that Nokia WP phones is the answer to the Galaxy Nexus/Android 4.0; Ballmer is stating that the Nokia WP devices will be announced, finally.

5. parthpatels007

Posts: 54; Member since: May 27, 2011

Then I am a Geek :)

6. kira023

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 26, 2011

like kshell1 said; "I'm PROUD to be a geek too, Android is the os of my choice i am a fandroid and proud of it :D" ... i totally agree

14. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

wp7 is just to simple for me i need more customization and free apps. ios is not even an os lol its nothing but an app launcher :P

29. bluechrism

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

"need more customization and free apps" We all like free apps, me included. However, as a developer, i can tell you i would get into windows phone / symbian before iOS and androind right now, and probably iOS before android for two reasons: 1. Discoverability 2. People who only download free apps. People on symbian and windows phone are happier to pay for apps (and windows phone it helps that so many are try before you buy). You still have to write something good for it t be worth paying for, but developer time in producing apps is worth something, and probably something more than the meagre amount the ad-funded model can get you. It does depend a bit though - if my app is connecting to a service and my real goal is to get people to use a service, android is where to go first, and symbian (still world wide highest installed user base, even if it's not growing so much now), iOs and then windows phone.

70. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Customize what? You still place dead widgets on home screen. There is no actual customization. They are just shells made by oems to place over Android. Apps aren't free. They just trials. But you buy to get full version. And the "geek" thing, SB did not call anyone geeks. Read his quotes. Then read title of this article. Who's calling who a geek?

17. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Wedgie time!

7. nanozander

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

My MCSE cert is digitally signed by this guy..... =.=

8. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

I ain't a computer scientist and I figured-out androids awesomeness after just 2 hours of playing with it, and by the way I had no Idea what an OS at that time is. . .

45. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

You SURE AIN'T. Guess you ain't to privy to gettin an edgabucation either. We'll gitcha all hooked up wid dem iiiicecream sammich. Heeeeeyaaaaawwww. you dun prettiy neer smart one XiphiasGladius!!!!

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Is everyone and their mothers coming with that argument lately? I. Guess we are having around 800k nerds a day. .....

10. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

True it isn't complicated to use wp7 and true you do need to fiddle with Android to learn ins and outs. He never mentioned a word "geek". First time seen PA insight a flame war.

21. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

They just posted a spec "smackdown". If they didn't EXPECT a flame war then they need to wake up. Especially while omitting KNOWN specs from the i4s. Geez, Michael, posted a "review" of an event IN HONG KONG that he did not attend. Then called a poster a "jerk" when he pointed out the errors and obvious bias. not only will thet start a flame war...they participate.

11. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011


46. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Please keep your self image to yourself. :-(

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Normal tactic by Microsoft and APPLE - put down the competition by calling them something while pumping up your own product to disguise its shortcomings....

13. Smg-Uk

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

So your ignoring the fact that Google were recently having a dig at WP and also that most of "Icecream Sandwich" is actually copyed from of os's especially WP.

18. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

So your ignoring the fact that Windows was copied from Mac and even the junk MS copies is 2 years too late and crippled? They just discovered copy/paste. lol. What a joke...

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