Microsoft’s top executive for mobile phones took shots at both iOS and Android today, calling Apple’s operating system “boring” and claiming Google’s is “a mess.”
Perhaps Microsoft, and specifically Terry Myerson, should focus more on getting their own house in order before bad mouthing their competitors. Not that you could really consider either Android or iOS as a Windows Phone competitor based on the number of units they’re selling. That would be like calling William Shatner a competitor to Usain Bolt.
He didn’t stop there, bashing Google’s Android as well as its Chrome OS project. “With Android … it’s kind of a mess,” Myerson said. “Chrome [OS] and Android coming together, Chrome [OS] does not offer the flexibility of Android.”
It’s more difficult to disagree with that statement. And it does appear that Chrome OS is struggling (anecdotally, I work on a site that has upwards of 60k views a day. Since I started checking I’ve only seen 260 from Chrome OS), which doesn’t surprise me.
“With Apple, I sense a lack of urgency,” said Myerson. “When iOS 5 came out and there was a fifth row of icons and not much else, you say, okay, are they running out of steam, is iOS getting boring?”
Not sure where to start with that one. It was the iPhone 5 that added the extra app icons to the home screen, which shipped with iOS 6, not 5. You’d hope that someone so senior in Microsoft’s Mobile division would understand the difference between the iPhone hardware and iOS.