Steve Ballmer is notorious for his case of foot in mouth disease, where he’ll bash a competitor’s product while his own is doing poorly. He famously said no one would want an iPhone and look at where we are now. The past aside, Steve spoke candidly about his company’s competitors in an interview with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman.
The first of Ballmer’s statements about Windows Phone’s competition concerned Android, which Ballmer called “wild” and “uncontrolled”. He cited the relative non-policing of Google Play’s app store that leaves a shoddy experience for users as they become more susceptible to malware.
In a discussion about iOS, Ballmer stated that it was “high-priced” and “highly controlled”. He mentioned the fact that iPhones often run more than $1,000 in emerging territories as a reason that iOS isn’t right for the world. Of course, we don’t have to tell you that Ballmer’s answer to each of these problems is Windows Phone. Oh Steve. When we have a notification center for Windows Phone, then you can bash other operating systems.