Ballmer fires off on Android and iOS, says one is too wild and the other too high-priced

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.

[via BGR]


  • idlelimey

    I expect, in the fall out from Sinofsky leaving, Ballmer will be doing a fair bit of press to reaffirm why he’s top dog. And why not, who doesn’t want to hear more from SB – his enthusiasm and ‘bullishness’ are infectious.

  • http://www.2girls1game.com Ashley K.

    You’re most likely right. His problem is that he often goes off on tirades that just end up hurting him in the long run.

  • idlelimey

    Got to love those tirades. Youtube perfection. :)

  • Edgar Cervantes

    I never liked Ballmer, lol.

  • http://winsource.com/ Joe Fedewa

    I feel like Ballmer has said this a million times.

  • http://www.2girls1game.com Sarah

    As a longtime Android user, I have to agree with the “wild and uncontrolled” statement. In fact, that’s the biggest complaint my husband has had with the platform and why Windows Phone has been so appealing to him. And I can’t stand iOS, so Windows Phone is sort of a happy medium. For once, Ballmer got something on the nose.

  • http://www.gamesobscura.com/ themizarkshow

    Yeah, he is exactly right with both criticisms, but WP still isn’t the polished contender that it should be by now (personally, I refuse to switch until there is at least a standardized notification center). WP8 should have just hit it out of the park, and not felt like another work in progress… until then, Ballmer should probably stop talking shit and focus on making his product the best it can be.

  • Timbo1

    Just jealous that hideous OS isnt selling, being open sourced is what people want you idiot. The only thing thats uncontrolled about android is the way its selling, suck it up Ballmer.

  • JSYOUNG571

    Freddy Krueger (Steve Bald-head) is still running his mouth I see. Windows Phone will never get up to the level Android and iPhone are on. It will always be known as the phone with potential and that is it.