Ballmer says you need to be a computer scientist to use Android

October 19, 2011
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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is at it again with wild comments about the competitors of Windows Phone reports Telegraph.co.uk. Ballmer was blasting Android at the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco recently claiming that the OS was difficult to use. Ballmer went so far as to say that you needed to be a computer scientist just to use Android.

Ballmer 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."

While Ballmer blasts Android for usability, he is more forgiving on the iPhone and Apple in general calling the company "a good competitor" and especially praising the new Siri assistant feature on the iPhone 4S. Despite heaping a bit of praise on Apple, Ballmer still maintains that the Windows Phones are better than both Android and iPhone offerings.

He claims that Windows Phone is much better than the competition at putting the user's information front and center. According to Ballmer with Windows Phone, you don’t have to go through icons and pages to find the information users want.

"Both [an iPhone and a Windows phone] are going to feel very good in your hand and both going to look very beautiful physically…. but when you grab a Windows phone and use it… your information is front and centre… and you don’t have to scroll through seas of icons and blah blah blah."

“A Windows phone gets things done.”

[via SlashGear]


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  • Prawnsta

    Windows Phone is so easy to use, there just flying off the shelf unlike Android.
    Oh wait…..

  • bL4Ck

    He’s right my mom and dad don’t have a degree but both own and use efficiently their Android phones. 
    Fly down balmy, you’re not going anywhere with WP7 in his current state.

  • Giorgis 3erolas

    I don’t think he has used an Android phone … what sea of icons. If you like you don’t have to have any icons and only widgets. he can winge and wine (sic) … I remember when windows phone was released they did a precession as if to bury the iPhone. It is even funnier now :-) 

    http://www.techi.com/2010/09/microsoft-marks-release-of-phone-7-with-iphone-funeral/

  • http://profiles.google.com/tonycerdais Tony Cerda

    My gf is going to love this article! She’s not a computer scientist, but she can fly around her android phone like a pro! While Ballmer is using that to blast Android for usability, I can see where many are going to take his statement as a complement!

  • Mioo33

    He’s hilarious!

  • TGigabit

    Thanks Ballmy for making my seven and nine year olds a computer scientist. Now I can use that college savings to buy more droid devices!

  • Mbadsey

    Lol, no you don’t! If you don’t know phones all you have to do is look for the icon name, same with iphone , not really seeing why a degree would be needed unless your going more advanced and flashing the rom, but a normal user wont know about that.

  • Mark Hennessey

    He should shut the hell up. His zombie corporation earns more from Android than they do from Win Mo….

  • http://www.djcube.co.uk Cube1701

    Or to put it another way: The guy in charge of Windows Phone 7 finds smartphones in general difficult to use.

    Which isn’t very reassuring.

  • Anonymous

    I have been in sales for 10 years; long enough to know that when competition bashes you it is usually a good sign that you are doing something right.

  • Anonymous

    Apparently my 50 year old mom is a computer scientist.  Won’t she be excited to hear the news.  Seriously, Android isn’t that hard :)  My dad, on the other hand, needs help figuring out his iPhone.  

  • http://www.geekchoice.com Dagmar Schneitz

    You know, he has a point. It was a lot easier to learn how to use my iPhone than it was to use my Droid.  But to give Android credit, when I did learn to use it, Driod was the greatest product ever.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XUTKTI2DMWW74ZU2IM2VMKGIHM K

    Ballmer… what a buffoon.  He’s got to be an embarrassment to Microsoft.  I hope he has some redeeming quality.

  • Kelly Schrock

    Douche!

  • Roberto Silva

    Well, my 6 years-old daughter did not have any pain to “borrow” my android tablet and play with it all by herself, although she can barely read and write. Does that mean that Ballmer can’t even read or write ?

  • Carlos Elias Soliman

    My ex will love this post.

  • http://twitter.com/dbest180 Derrick Best

    Ha ha ha. What an idiot. My sister is tech-deaf. She’s got and Android. My best friend switch from Windows phone to Android. My partner and her son is on Android. 
    None of them are scientist. lol

  • Guest

    IF ONLY we had 550k new computer scientists every day…

  • Collin Corcoran

    no i dont know about windows 7 mobile, but my dad had a windows phone just before it was released, and let me tell you, im pretty good with technology, i dont know how to cook roms but i can flash them and root my android,,,, but i could not for the life of me figure out how to do the simplest things, like texting…. or heck!!! making a phone call!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/vigneshwaranr Vigneshwaran

    I say You need to be a Primatologist to understand Ballmer

  • Anonymous

    Let be honest, I have own WP7, LOATHE swipe & scroll up or down as many apps as take a forever if some apps what you are looking for..  its not easy to use. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/dbbgba Osvaldo Andreaus

    it might get things done, but where’s the fun in that?