15/11/2012 10:13 | By Joe Minihane, contributor, MSN Tech

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer slams Google Android

Interview sees Microsoft CEO call out Android and offer forthright words on Apple’s iOS

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO (© AP)

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has dubbed Google’s Android mobile operating system “wild and “uncontrolled”. The boss of the Redmond, Washington company made the remarks in an interview with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman in front of a group of tech industry top brass and press in Santa Clara.

In more unguarded comments, Ballmer added that the Google OS was susceptible to malware attacks. Meanwhile, he said that Apple’s rival iOS was “high-priced” and “highly controlled”. The comments come as no surprise, with Ballmer’s Microsoft looking to muscle in on the smartphone game with its impressive Windows Phone software.

Ballmer appeared to be using the interview to position Windows Phone as a middle ground between open source Android and tightly leashed iOS. He said Microsoft was working closer with developers than either Apple or Google were currently doing.

Windows Phone 8, the latest version of Microsoft’s OS, is available on Nokia’s new Lumia handsets as well as a string of devices from Samsung and HTC. While critically lauded, its sales have failed to reach the dizzy heights of either of its key competitors, despite promising reviews.

See what MSN Tech thought of the latest Windows Phone handsets:
Nokia Lumia 920 review
HTC Windows Phone 8X review

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