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With the launches of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 now behind him, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is apparently feeling a little punchy and ready to lash out at the competition yet again.
BGR is reporting that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer isn't mincing any words when it comes to his opinion of competitors iOS and Android during an interview Wednesday with LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman.
The Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 boss first opened fire at Google's Android, referring to it as "wild" and "uncontrolled" because the platform's Play Store remains a Wild West-style playground for malware without the search giant policing what gets offered there.
While you'd think Ballmer might have more kind words for Apple, who offers a more draconian, curated App Store on iOS and now the Mac, it turns out the CEO has little respect for that approach, either.
Microsoft's CEO used the words "high-priced" and "highly controlled" to describe iOS, noting that Apple's iPhone sells for upwards of $1,000 in some places, and while Android may be a lawless hellscape, Cupertino's approach is too far in the opposite direction.
Not surprisingly, Ballmer believes the sweet spot is Windows Phone 8, which is certainly more affordable for many thanks to handsets like the Nokia Lumia 920 selling for a mere $99 with contract. It remains to see, however, if the public with agree with Crazy Steve…
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