Steve Ballmer. Microsoft CEO. A quote machine. He initially brushed off Android as a mobile platform with no business model and pitted it as just version one. Now comes a quote from him saying that Android is now a viable competitor...for PC's.

"We’re very focused in on both Apple as a competitor and Linux as a competitor. I think the dynamic with Linux is changing somewhat. I assume we’re going to see Android-based, Linux-based laptops in addition to phones. We’ll see Google more as a competitor in the desktop operating system than we ever have before. The seams between what’s a phone operating system and a PC operating system will change and so we have ramped the investment in the client operating system."

We poke fun at Ballmer a lot but he's no dummy. Android is incredibly versatile and if "netbooks" are the burgeoning market--a free and capable OS like Android has the potential to dominate. So yeah, Android is a legitimate competitor against Windows and PC's, we just can't wait until he realizes Android is a competitor against Windows Mobile as well.

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Tallbruva says:

(Shaking head).... When is Ballmer going to get it? First (as the post pointed out) he doggs Android by saying he doesn't understand the business model. Now, all of a sudden, it's viable as a PC OS. What makes Android profitable on a PC as opposed to a phone when it's free for both?

Ah, the answer is over at WMExperts (good article. Should definitely read it - http://www.wmexperts.com/ballmer-speaks-and-we-translate ). Microsoft wants to leverage Windows 7 with Windows Mobile 7 -- to work seamlessly with each other.... Exactly what would happen if Android gets popular on netbooks and as more Android phones are released.

Microsoft is scared of Android because it's the only OS out there that plays on MS's turf. Blackberry makes it own hardware, Apple is only going to make one phone. Overlooked is Symbian but they don't have a juggernaut like Google shoving coal into the engine. Don't get me wrong, I love tech and I want to see an improved WM OS. But Ballmer needs a speech writer so he won't utter stoooop-id things in public.

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