Ballmer says Google is "way behind" in mobile

Ballmer says Google is "way behind" in mobile

Summary: At the Telstra investment day in Australia today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that Google was "way behind" in mobile operating system design."They can hire smart guys, hire a lot of people, bla dee bla dee bla, but you know they start out way behind in a certain sense....

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At the Telstra investment day in Australia today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that Google was "way behind" in mobile operating system design.

"They can hire smart guys, hire a lot of people, bla dee bla dee bla, but you know they start out way behind in a certain sense...."

Only if that certain sense is the year of introduction. Google's software architecture is far ahead of anything Microsoft has in the mobile space. For example, Android's application virtualization and security model outright prevents most sources of system instability and viruses. This enables users to download and try out applications without fear.

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Topics: Mobility, Google, Microsoft

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  • Hmmm...

    Not sure if Microsoft can be telling Google that it is way behind. After all, Apple has been eating Microsoft's lunch in the past year and a half Apple has been in the mobile space.
    steeldestroyer
  • Yes, Google leap-frogged MS here, and about the only thing that Balmer can

    do is try to badmouth them. But, in the end, it makes him look like a fool!
    DonnieBoy
    • Balmer

      Too bad he opens his mouth several years before his brain is operating!
      1djk1
  • Also, the Microsoft Mobile group has a serious handicap. They are forced

    to use an OS that is far inferior to what Google is able to use. It might be a brilliant group, but there are so many restrictions put on how they develop, the OS they use, etc, that they really have no chance here. Windows Mobile is a dead man walking.
    DonnieBoy
  • LIPSTICK ON A PIG!

    I have come to the conclusion, and it
    has become quite apparent to me for
    some time that every time Ballmer
    criticizes Google in an area that (no
    surprise)what in actuality is
    happening for the most part is that
    Google is gaining traction, momentum
    and market share against Microsoft's
    deteriorating business model
    jack of daniels
    • You betcha! nt

      nt
      T1Oracle
  • Nokia has about a three year advantage

    nt
    no_zd_user_name
  • Balmer somewhat correct

    I think Microsoft is not ahead but will quickly catch up in the
    enterprise area. Microsoft is always strong there and IT
    managers around the world always seem to stick with a
    completely microsoft approach. However I don't think
    Microsoft will be able to pull of a mass-market mobile
    solution anytime soon.
    You certainly won't see a platform like the iphone or Android
    released from Microsoft that is any good for a while.
    ChrisOPeterson
    • No, enterprises will lose the fools.

      They're waking up to the fact that they don't need to pay through the nose to an abusive lying monopoly for shoddy products that they themselves cannot control, all in the name of having cheap staff who know very little on board.
      fr0thy2
  • RE: Ballmer says Google is

    Ballmer is correct. Google is way behind. They lack experience and knowledge in this area whereas Microsoft has been in this field for a number of years. Microsoft understands what is needed to make a mobile OS and how to make it function. Google's android platform has had many issues, even before it was released it was full of holes, after release its full of holes. I can't see how anyone would think Google is ahead in the mobile space when they only have one product that doesn't function well. When their employees stop playing with office toys and actually create a good product then I might change my mind.
    Loverock Davidson
  • Apple and Nokia are far ahead

    Microsoft is in last place.
    jorjitop
  • RE: Ballmer says Google is

    "Ballmer says..." Sheesh! Can't someone plug that hole with a pizza or something? The only thing Ballmer should say is "Murdock You're Hired", "I quit". That should do it.

    And in return I'll say to Steve Jobs, okay, let's shut the PC division down and turn Microsoft into THE Macintosh Software Division of Apple.

    Windows Mobile Blows and that's pretty much all you can say about it. It's unstable, for the most part unusable and those phones...Bleck!

    iPhone all the way. Already hearing from people who bought the G1 wishing they'd have gone Apple.

    Oh well :) Shoulda listened to me.
    ceo@...