Microsoft CEO Not Impressed by Android PR

Ballmer says Google is 'welcome in our world' of smartphone software
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2007 4:08 PM CST
Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, speaking during Tech.Ed, a technology conference held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Ng Han...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The announcement of Google's forthcoming 'Android' phone software and its revolutionary open source philosophy has impressed many, but decidedly not Steve Ballmer. PC World reports the Microsoft CEO declined to share his thoughts on Google's initiative, saying it was hard to compare the Windows Mobile system with "some words on paper."

"Right now they have a press release, we have many, many millions of customers, great software, many hardware devices and they're welcome in our world," said Ballmer, noting, in perhaps a subtle swipe Google Android's 'Open Handset Alliance' that Windows Mobile was already available on 150 handset models.