From: TweakTown dot Com 11-16-2012

Earlier today we had HP exec slamming Microsoft's first roll out into the tablet world with their Surface tablet, and now we have Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer taking a few swings at Android and iOS - why can't we all just get along?

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Ballmer had a discussion with LinkedIn co-founder and venture capitalist Reid Hoffman at a Churchill Club event, where they talked about a variety of tech-related topics. One of the topics included during the talk were Ballmer's comments on the top players in the mobile industry. Ballmer said that Google's mobile OS, Android, was a little "wild", saying that compatibility issues and vulnerability to malware as two serious issues.

The talk turned to Apple, where Ballmer noted that the Cupertino-based iPhone maker have tight control over their system, with prices being quite high. Ballmer pointed out the fact that iPhones have a $1,000 MSRP in Russia. Because we all know that the Russian market is just oh-so-important. Ballmer then started talking about how to get a premium product in a more "relaxed ecosystem" without paying a high price for this luxury.

Of course, he was talking of Windows Phone 8 - saying that wireless providers across the world are only interested in three vendors - Apple and Samsung have the high-end market locked down, but there are alternatives found in the low-end devices. Ballmer wants customers to get a great phone, with great software, and feels that Microsoft's strategy is with the Nokia Lumia handsets. The Lumia 920 is a high-end device, and when put on a two-year contract is only $99.

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