Typically not one to keep his gums from bumping, Steve Ballmer is sounding off on the competition after the recent launch of Windows Phone 8. The Microsoft CEO recently spoke with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and took the opportunity to take a few jabs at both Android and iOS.
Sticking with familiar criticism, Ballmer called Android “wild” and “uncontrolled,” specifically in regards to the Google Play Store. He pointed to Google’s lack of strict restrictions and lack of safeguards to protect users from malware. So the answer, obviously, would be an operating system with strictly policed applications market. Wait, you don’t want that either, Steve?
Yes, Ballmer also called out Apple for being “high-priced” and “highly controlled.” We agree on both points, but if you don’t want Apple’s way and Android just isn’t slicing the cake, then what, pray tell, should we do, Mr. Ballmer?
Oh, yeah. Windows Phone 8. Sure, Microsoft is doing a lot of things right, and their recent hardware offerings from partners like HTC and Nokia have been some of the best Windows Phone devices in years, but it still doesn’t jump out as the much better alternative. Ballmer can badmouth Apple and Android all he cares to, but ultimately the consumers will decide which model works best for them. We here at Phandroid like to live life on the wild side, the choice is pretty apparent. We’re sticking with Android.
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