Ballmer calls Android ‘wild’ and ‘uncontrolled,’ susceptible to malware


An interview of Steve Ballmer by LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman this evening saw the Microsoft CEO characterize Windows Phone’s competition in some less than favorable terms. TechCrunch reports that Ballmer called the rival Android platform “wild,” “uncontrolled,” and susceptible to malware. Conversely, Apple’s ecosystem was “high priced” and “highly controlled.” It’s clear that Ballmer envisions Microsoft as a kind of Goldilocks-just-right middle ground, but with such a significant amount of ground to make up just to overtake third-place RIM, it’s a vision that the company is still struggling to get across to consumers.

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