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.

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71 Comments

62. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

Is Steve Balmer supposed to be a hard ass or something? WP7 probably hasn't even sold over 500,000 units. He just publicly insulted the leading OS in the industry. Jealous much?

65. Penny

Posts: 1882; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Lol. He's promoting his product. Go figure. Anyway, since I already know (based on you know, reports and stuff) that WP7 has sold more units than what you mentioned, I'd love for you to go find us some data to back up your "guess-timation". And publicly insulting somebody who publicly insulted somebody else is what you just did. Only you didn't bother to check if what you were saying is even remotely true. Slander, I'd say.

54. dionddc

Posts: 129; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

What a comment from a guy whose company's latest smartphone OS (7.5) is a year behind the competition. Out of the 3 in the race that people mention (Windows Phone, iOS and Android) Windows Phone is lacking in features.

57. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

What features are lacking? Provide evidence when posting.

61. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

Before Mango, there were no turn by turn directions, voice to speech, just to name a few. I'm sure there are more.

64. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Mango now has and?

52. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Once more I want to punch Steve Ballmer in the f**king face. The man has no clue.

58. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I just wanna hug SB and thank him for wp. Lolzz!

59. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Oh, you mean the OS Microsoft finally introduced three years after iOS was introduced and 2 after Android, because Windows Mobile was such a joke that nobody bought it anymore?

66. Penny

Posts: 1882; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

True, WP7 was way late to the game. Windows Mobile was doing well until the iPhone came along, and then there was a paradigm shift to media and youth oriented touch screen phones. By the time this paradigm shift was taking place, Microsoft had probably gotten complacent and caught off guard. That being said, WP7 is here now, and it is a great OS for mobile devices...

47. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I had a win 6.5 phone - it is for techies....

50. Smg-Uk

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

Your a idiot if you think Windows Mobile & Windows Phone are the same thing

51. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

You are the idiot - I never said they were I said WIN 6.5 is for techies....

67. Smg-Uk

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

A article about android and wp7 and your the only one talking about WM 6.5 what a twat

60. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

You're*. Not your. :) You're (you are) the idiot.

42. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Another idiot CEO Maybe he prepares to sell nokia to m$

49. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Wow...you must be one of the minions of the world and hate the establishment?

40. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

obivously there are more geeks than wp7 users :)

44. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Ouch. Okay, well .... Maybe. Fine, buddy, I'll give ya that one. :-D

63. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Actually those angry Android users in here are actually fanboys. The rest are average everyday regular smart phone users who doesn't know any better but fallow the crowd.

38. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Steve Ballmer is an idiot.

33. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Okay- 2 points here from me: 1) When Steve Spurrier was in charge at the University of Florida Football team, there were a lot of things said back and forth from Florida State, and yet to this day he and Bobby Bowden are still very cordial and had no real problems. Why? He and Bobby had an understanding: NEVER take anything personal if it was said to boosters or at pep rallies. Why on Earth would anyone take offense what Mr. Ballmer said, who is known for pumping up the troops, at what is basically a Windows pep rally? 2) E-NUFF with the "you can do so much more and the specs are oh so much better on Android" stuff. Well... DUH!!! Only the most dead-headed WP fan boy would argue that. (Actually, I do not think we have those yet, but we will get there.) Android is more advanced, polished, and has more options, better sales, and more carriers and producers. Fine. WP is a new, start from fresh, try and be different OS. They are trying to find a fine line between the control and ease of Apple without being so restrictive while not allowing the fragmentation or disadvantages of being completely open as Android. It is a work in progress. It is a smooth. It is well supported. It is very much improved by a light year over where it was in 2010, and it's updates have gone to every handset to every owner, or will soon. It will never be Android. So what? By the way- take your shots now. WP8 will be everything they are hoping for in Microsoft, and it will also be intergrated into peoples lives through their PC's and laptops. Than the playing field will be much more level, and boy will those pep rallies be fun.....

43. Penny

Posts: 1882; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Really like your response. Every company will try to push its own products, that is a given. If people take offense to that, then they are taking things a little too personally. Android currently is and will remain the most open OS between iOS, Android, and WP7. This will allow it the benefit of not being limited in functionality by the OS itself, only by the apps available. That being said, it does irk me a little when people keep saying WP7 is not as polished or feature-rich as Android. The fact is, Mango as an OS has tons of functionality built in, not even taking apps into consideration. What you lack in WP7 is the ability to customize all of these features to the n-th degree. What you gain by the lack of customization is a smooth experience even at minimum hardware requirements, and reliable updates. WP7 is built to be used as a mobile device. Functional, smooth, and not time-consuming. If you have the desire and the time to use an Android device, go for it. If what you want is a mobile device that will do the things you would typically want to do on the go, then I believe WP7 is a more compelling option.

56. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Agreed! I'd buy that for a penny! Lolzz!

55. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Well said!

32. DJLegacy2k5

Posts: 212; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

You people are pathetic. I sell for AT&T and WP7 is perfect for anyone that isnt an app downloading nerd that lives on their phone for EVERYTHING and perfect for ease of use with the people that hate Apple for all of the issues that horrible phone has. WP7 is by far the most balaced OS out there and if sales people KNEW their jobs and learned their OS's they wouldbe pushing WP7 to ALLOT more customers. Its has ease of use, all the bells and whistles of Android with the Mango Update, quality games built on the xbox platform, live tiles, cloud syncing...etc Everyone should be switching to WP7 now that new hardware is coming out!

48. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Well said sir! I agree totally. I've had iOS, Andriod, etc. WP7 Mango is by far the best of all worlds. Andriod=Honda Accord (for the common folk) iOS=Audi (overpriced imported german car and everyone has one of these too) WP=BMW (the ultimate smarphoning machine)

53. ChrisTheTechGuy

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 04, 2010

I too work for a carrier. ive had every OS, just so if I get that call about whatever OS, I was prepared. Naturally I got a WP7 device so that when someone called needing assistance, I wasn't left in the dark. I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I do, but I have no intention of activating my android device I was using prior to this...

31. IEatApples

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

I don't see how Microsoft can make it in this maker. They are just to far behind and the upgrades they are making are coming to slow for windows phone to make any sort of impression in anyone's mind. I don't think carrier reps will push it and I don't think people will buy it. I think Microsoft should just stay focused on windows 8 for upcoming tablets.

68. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I think your analyses is flawed. Looks more or less negative advertisement to me.

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