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Microsoft CEO downplays Google Android

updated 02:45 pm EST, Thu November 8, 2007

MS downplays Android

Speaking at a press conference in Tokyo, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has challenged the significance of Google's future Android operating system for cellphones. Android contrasts with Microsoft's Windows Mobile in that it is an open platform; while developers can write third-party programs and layers for Windows, Android should allow cheaper and easier customization, better suited to the requirements of phone makers. The problem, says Ballmer, is that Android is merely in its beginning stages.

"So we have great momentum, we've brought our Windows Mobile 6 software to market, we're driving forward on our future releases and we'll have to see what Google does," he comments. "Right now they have a press release, we have many, many millions of customers, great software, many hardware devices and they're welcome in our world." IDG News highlights statistics quoted by Ballmer, which include the presence of Windows Mobile on 150 different devices, and on 100 different phone carriers. Some 20 million Windows Mobile phones may be licensed this year, Ballmer claims.

by MacNN Staff




  1. CaribouDave

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Err, isn't this the same guy who said no one would want to buy the iPhone because it was too expensive, wouldn't be welcome in PC businesses, and the phone market was already saturated?

    Who cares what he says? He obviously doesn't know a phone from a hole in the ground!

  1. tonglokman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: him again

    you beat me to it.

  1. leamanc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What an idiot

    Does anybody take this jumping monkey boy seriously anymore? As has been mentioned above, he doubted the iPhone would be a success. And for anybody who wants to dig up the info, you will find he has been wrong on nearly all his technology predictions in the last decade.

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