Monday 19 March 2018

Microsoft's Steve Ballmer attacks Android phones

Emma Barnett

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, has criticised Google's Android mobile phones for being too complicated.

The bullish chief, renowned for not mincing his words, said that people needed to be “computer scientists” in order to figure out how to use an Android phone.

Speaking at the high profile annual Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Ballmer was asked to compare the appeal of a phone powered by Microsoft Windows and a Google Android device.

He said: “You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows phone and you do to use and Android phone…It is hard for me to be excited about the Android phones.”

Ballmer was fairer to the company’s main mobile rival, Apple, saying: “Apple is a good competitor, but a different one.”

He praised Apple’s latest innovation: Siri - the "humble personal assistant" mobile software for the new iPhone 4S. You can tell Siri to set your alarm, sent a text message or an email or even ask it to search for something online and it will do it for you.

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