Friday, February 27, 2009

Steve Ballmer on Android

"I don’t really understand their strategy. Maybe somebody else does."

“You’ve got to remember Android is version one….and it looks like version one. They’ve got one handset maker, we’ve got 55. They’re available through one operator, we’ve got 175.”

"I assume we’re going to see Android-based, Linux-based laptops in addition to phones. We’ll see Google more as a competitor in the desktop operating system than we ever have before."

When I read these quotes from Steve, they truly sounded like the Microsoft we all know. He is oblivious to what Google is accomplishing with Android. He is assuming that Microsoft dominance will continue in the mobile and desktop world. At least he identified Google as a competitor, albeit in the desktop world. Maybe one day he will even consider Google a competitor in the mobile space. 

I wonder if he has used Android and then tried a Windows Mobile device. I think that would help him understand a little more. What do you think?


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