Whatever Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, says always seems to be a good source for laughs for the rest of the blogosphere. This time he comes around saying that Android won't be able to make any money and that Android isn't a viable opponent..yet.

Here are the quotables:

"I don't really understand their strategy. Maybe somebody else does. If I went to my shareholder meeting, my analyst meeting, and said: 'Hey, we've just launched a new product that has no revenue model!'… I'm not sure that my investors would take that very well. But that's kind of what Google's telling their investors about Android,"

 

Though he is technically right and that Google doesn't make money on Android alone, he seems to be missing the point. Android serves as an extension of Google's services which all point back to search which all point back to ad revenue which all lead to money. Google's logic? If more people use Android, more people use Google, and more money for us. So we'll give Android away, heck, they'll let anyone use and tinker with it. Makes sense here.

[ZDNet]

 
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Qoheleth says:

Interesting: The CEO of a major company says he doesn't understand the marketing strategy of giving away the OS in order to sell the services. Sounds like Ballmer is either a)being disingenuous about not understanding because he can't think of anything else to counter Google's model or b)not really good enough at business models to be CEO. I'd say "a" is more likely.

rohneas says:

That picture should be censored. Seriously, kids read your site, and seeing Ballmer's ugly mug with the wannabe Gene Simmons tongue look is going to scar them for life.

Not that I expect anything more classy from Ballmer. After all, he was once on a stage sweating, dancing, and squawking "developers".

lyn_s_scott says:

Puuufff,.. The most stupid tech guy in the world,.. He is breaking all the empire Bill Gates build,.. what a pitty to see a brainless CEO in Microsoft..