October 19, 2011
Steve Ballmer Criticizes Android For Being Too Complicated
Microsoft's chief executive Steve Ballmer said people needed to be "computer scientists" in order to figure out how to use Google's Android mobile operating system.
He was asked at the annual Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, according to the Telegraph, to compare the appeal of a phone powered by Microsoft Windows and a Google Android device.
“You don´t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows phone and you do to use and Android phone“¦It is hard for me to be excited about the Android phones," he said when asked at the event.
He said about the company's main mobile rival, Apple, that the company "is a good competitor, but a different one."
However, he said Windows powered phones were better than Apple iPhones for putting users´ needs front and center of the phone.
“Both [an iPhone and a Windows phone] are going to feel very good in your hand and both going to look very beautiful physically," Ballmer said at the event.
He said Windows phones need to compete better on price with Android handsets and start supporting cheaper models.
Ballmer also touched on the topic of Microsoft's Bing search engine at the event.
He said the search engine has "got our muscle up in relevance" as its doubled its market share in the past two years.
"It sets the stage for reinventing the category," he said at the conference.
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