800px Steve Ballmer at CES 2010 Microsofts Steve Ballmer attacks Apple and Android

The ever vocal Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, has strongly criticised Apple and Android, suggesting Windows Phone is the best of both worlds.

The ever vocal Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, has strongly criticised Apple and Android, suggesting Windows Phone is the best of both worlds.

 
The attack came during an interview at a technology event in California, where Ballmer lambasted Android for being too uncontrolled and iOS for being too controlled. He classified Android's ecosystem as “a little bit wild,” while finding fault with Apple's high prices.
 
“The question is how do you get the quality with maybe not the premium price of the phone, with maybe not quite as controlled an ecosystem. And how do you allow for the lower price points, more affordability, diversity that comes with Android,” he told Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn. “And I think you can say that's kind of the best of both worlds and that's available to us.”
 
800px Steve Ballmer at CES 2010 Microsofts Steve Ballmer attacks Apple and Android
 
He suggested there was still room for a third competitor, that there is a customer base out there that “wants an alternative,” citing Apple and Samsung as the two high-end smartphone manufacturers, while dismissing the low-end sector's myriad of options as “a sea.”
 
Ballmer is hoping Windows Phone will get 10 percent of the market share, though he did not give any indication of a timeframe. He boasted figures of as much as 60 percent, but said that will not happen overnight. Unless Windows Phone 8 takes off big time, however, that may not happen at all.
 
Source: The Telegraph