Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has publicly mocked Android at the Telstra Investor’s Day Conference in Sydney, displaying absolutely no understanding of Android or it’s open source model.
Here are some of Mr Ballmer’s choice quotes when questioned about Android;
“They (Google) can hire smart guys, hire smart people, blah-di-blah-di-blah.”
“I don’t really understand their strategy … if I went to my shareholder meetings and my analyst meeting and said, ‘Hey, we just launched a new product that has no revenue model – yeah, cheer for me!’ I’m not sure my investors would take that very well, but that’s what Google’s telling their investors about Android.”
And our favorite;
“I don’t get the business model.”
The point Steve has clearly missed is that Android isn’t all about Google. Google simply started the open source snowball rolling; Where it ends up from here is anyone’s guess. Google profits from the millions of extra eyeballs that get access to the web because it’s mobile and (since Android) cheap.
Mr Ballmer also mocked Apple’s iPhone when it debuted. The iPhone now outsells all Windows Mobile devices combined. No wonder he’s jumping around on stage.
You can watch the full video of Mr Ballmer’s Aussie presentation here.