I think someone had a nice big bowl of delusional flakes this morning (part of a complete breakfast, by the way). In an interview with ZDNet, Microsoft head honcho Steve Ballmer weighed in on the smartphone market, examining the major players. He starts with “When it comes to smart devices, there really aren’t that many players. Basically, you have Nokia/Symbian, you’ve got us” – and it kinda goes downhill from there.
“Actually, I’ll be so bold as to say that the two of us stand out in that area. Then you have some guys who are more niche players–Palm is more of a niche player, (Research In Motion’s) BlackBerry is more of a niche player, those Linux devices from Motorola, particularly in China, (mean it) is more of a niche player.
You have some things intermediate between dumb and smart devices–kind of the J2ME-type phones–but when you talk about real smart devices, there’s really two guys who I think are broad frontline players and have most of the share. It often surprises people when we tell them how much we outsell BlackBerry. BlackBerry, because they are more popular in the United States, people assume that they’re quite popular. The truth of the matter is we actually outsell BlackBerry many factors to one, that’s worldwide, yeah, absolutely.”
That’s nice, Stevie. But guess what… there’s no MicrosoftCool.com (now trademarked, by the way) now, is there? The fact is, you’re losing supporters by the day with people going to these more “niche”-styled devices. How’s about taking your head out long enough to take a peek? Read his full spiel here.