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Ballmer Slams Android As Cheap and Overcomplicated 645

jfruhlinger writes "On the day Android Ice Cream Sandwich was released, Steve Ballmer livened up the Web 2.0 conference by lobbing potshots at Google's mobile OS, calling it the choice of 'cheap' phones and claiming 'the biggest advantage we have over Android is that you don't need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows Phone.'"
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Ballmer Slams Android As Cheap and Overcomplicated

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  • by sl4shd0rk ( 755837 ) on Wednesday October 19, 2011 @05:28PM (#37767434)

    Let's not forget; Ballmer isn't exactly fond of Google*. I'm not surprised he's got a mouthful of trash to talk.

    "At that point, Mr. Ballmer picked up a chair and threw it across the room hitting a table in his office," Lucovosky recounted, adding that Ballmer then launched into a tirade about Google CEO Eric Schmidt. "I'm going to f***ing bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I'm going to f***ing kill Google." Schmidt previously worked for Sun Microsystems and was the CEO of Novell.

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  • by shutdown -p now ( 807394 ) on Wednesday October 19, 2011 @05:32PM (#37767512) Journal

    And, Windows 8 tablets will have the advantage of being able to run standard Windows programs if they want to (.NET apps should work even without recompiling).

    On x86 tablets, it's not surprising, but their battery life and weight remain to be seen.

    On ARM tablets, no, you won't be able to run .NET apps without recompiling, much less any random desktop app - as the only API supported for third-party apps on ARM devices is WinRT, anything that's not written to use that has to be refactored - and it's neither binary nor source-compatible to any current Windows APIs. Generally speaking, a Silverlight app would be easiest to port, but it's still not "just recompile and run".

  • by DragonWriter ( 970822 ) on Wednesday October 19, 2011 @05:37PM (#37767578)

    Android is a copy of iPhone, but not that well done.

    O RLY? So why is it that so many of the "cool new features" in iOS 5 are features that Android has had for quite awhile now?

    Because Google uses a time machine. Each iteration of Android copies, imperfectly, features from future versions of iOS.

  • Re:Business smarts (Score:5, Informative)

    by bmo ( 77928 ) on Wednesday October 19, 2011 @05:41PM (#37767650)

    >Why haven't they fired the guy yet again?

    Because of the amount of voting stock he owns. Remember that he was there from the absolute beginning in 1976. The only way he's leaving is by having a heart attack whilst throwing a chair or voluntarily retiring.


  • by MightyMartian ( 840721 ) on Wednesday October 19, 2011 @06:17PM (#37768198) Journal

    Look, you've been outed, and your posting history reveals what you are. Is there some point to continuing this idiocy? Do you think you're going to convince anyone?

    It doesn't matter anyways. Microsoft once again is so far behind everyone else that even if their phones could get up and dance jig it wouldn't matter. Microsoft missed the boat by a couple of years or more. Nobody is going to give a crap, even if Ballmer and his weird little astroturfers like you are even right.

  • Re:Out there (Score:5, Informative)

    by AK Marc ( 707885 ) on Wednesday October 19, 2011 @06:49PM (#37768578)
    As opposed to me. I bought one of the last 3G iPhones, and they were abandoned less than 6 months after that. Yy, 6 months of support before known security bugs were patched in the newer phones and ignored in the older ones.
  • by neurocutie ( 677249 ) on Thursday October 20, 2011 @12:14AM (#37770752)

    How can someone with no technical knowledge, and no interest in knowing, run a technological company?

    ....mmmm the point I guess is that HE CAN'T.... its been none too obvious that MS has completely stagnated during the past DECADE. As an admitted stock holder of MSFT who is quite disappointed, I say this with all seriousness. Ballmer has got to go if MS is going to go anywhere itself...

Would you people stop playing these stupid games?!?!?!!!!