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Steve Ballmer Rips Into Android – Compliments iPhone

October 21, 2011 1 Comment

Recently, Google’s User Experience Director for Android, Matias Duarte lashed out at Windows Phones user interface.

“There’s this thing that’s happening right now in user interface design that I find kind of shackling. The faux wood paneling trend, and the airport lavatory signage trend.” He laughs when he says this and pulls up a slide on his computer, a split screen of an Atari 2600 and… airport lavatory signage. It’s an obvious dig at both Apple and Microsoft.

But what about Microsoft and their “authentically digital” design? “The problem with going too starkly systematic, forcing everything into this completely constrained, modernist palette, for both of them, you’re not leaving any room for the content to express itself.”

That is pretty funny since Google did take features from Windows Phone to build their newest Android update. With that said, Steve Ballmer took things one step further and ripped into Androids ease of use.

“You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows phone and you do to use and Android phone … it is hard for me to be excited about the Android phones.”

“Both [an iPhone and a Windows phone] are going to feel very good in your hand and both going to look very beautiful physically, but when you grab a Windows phone and use it your information is front and centre and you don’t have to scroll through seas of icons and blah blah blah.”

You can always count on Ballmer for good quotes… that and an awesome way to finish a sentence.


Source: The Telegraph, thisismynext via wpcentral

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  • markiz

    Ballmer can be funny sometimes, no matter what people think of him :)

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