In a recent interview with Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer took the opportunity to talk about the competition: Google, the Android-powered devices as well as the ecosystem, and Apple. According to the CEO, Android’s ecosystem is “wild,” “uncontrolled” and susceptible to malware. Well, to be honest, Android does indeed have malware issues, but 72% of the market seems to disagree with the CEO of the company struggling for 3% smartphone market share. As far as Apple is concerned, the Cupertino ecosystem is “high-priced” according to Ballmer, and is “highly controlled”. Of course, when it comes to the iPhone, the $1,000 price tag for unsubsidized international availability is huge. We agree! But that’s not necessarily the case with phones on contract.
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About Microsoft, Windows Phone and Surface, the CEO believes that these products have been done right. Opposed to Google and Apple, Microsoft is working closely with developers, says Ballmer. Of course, Ballmer took his usual attitude to the interview, and we’re again seeing the same Steve Ballmer who had this to say about the iPhone: