Microsoft CEO Ballmer dismisses Google Android as financially unsound

“Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer on Thursday dismissed the Android mobile operating system, saying he believed that building it was financially unsound for Google,” Suzanne Tindal reports for CNET.

“Speaking at Telstra’s annual investment day, Ballmer said designing Android wasn’t easy for Google. ‘They can hire smart guys, hire a lot of people, blah dee blah dee blah, but you know they start out way behind, in a certain sense,’ he said,” Tindal reports. “He questioned Google’s ability to make money with Android. ‘I don’t really understand their strategy. Maybe somebody else does. If I went to my shareholder meeting, my analyst meeting, and said, ‘hey, we’ve just launched a new product that has no revenue model!’…I’m not sure that my investors would take that very well. But that’s kind of what Google’s telling their investors about Android,’ he said.”

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Tindal continues, “Telstra CEO Sol Trujillo also jumped in with his opinion. ‘My view is, (Android is) interesting, not compelling,’ he said.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Joe J.” for the heads up.]


  1. MDN, dude, where do you keep finding these gems of photos of Ballmer? seriously!
    Meanwhile, I’m no fan of Google, and certainly don’t appreciate them competing against Apple on this front. Having Ballmer, therefore, dismissing Android, or any other product for that matter, is probably great for Google and a touch of concern for Apple. Maybe.

    Then again, I sincerely believe, Google is now at (or at least close to) where the puck has been (Jan 2007 and a few years prior) and Jobs and co. have since then moved on to where it’s heading next.
    Jobs, in that regard, can defy the laws of Quntum.
    RDF is really a cat stuck inside an infinite well.

  2. Launch a product with no revenue model? You mean like giving away Internet Explorer for free… to maybe, oh, I don’t know… kill Netscape. C’mon Steve, you should understand this.

    How soon people forget.

  3. Why is is bad for Google to compete against Apple? I like Apple products very much but I also don’t think that they should be the only company out in the market place. Google isn’t out there saying that they are the only/best game in town like Ballmer does in every speech. When people hear stuff like that from an Apple fan all it does is reinforce this image that people have of “apple fanboys.” Dispute untrue facts, as there are many, but never discourage competition in the market. If we go out there saying Company A shouldn’t even be in the market in the first place then we are pretty much so saying the exact same thing that windows users say. So, we in turn are exactly those fanboys that we are made out to be. In fact we are just as bad as the windows fanboys that we hate so much and are doing the same thing they are just on a different product.

  4. google has a mobile operating system? (jk) But in even more suprising news. Balmer is still talking, yet alone still has a job? only time will tell with android, it’s only a matter of time till microsoft’s jenga of Mobile OS collapses down, along with their other OS.

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