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Microsoft CEO Ballmer: Apple iPhone and Mac Will Lose

Sep 26, 2008, 20:05 (8 Talkback[s])

"During a dinner Thursday at the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley when 'asked about smartphones, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Nokia, Research in Motion and Apple will all lose out as the market expands over the next five years, because they design their own proprietary hardware and tie it closely to their software,' James Niccolai reports for IDG News Service.

"'Nokia leads the smartphone market today with about a 30 percent share, he said. 'If you want to reach more than that, you have to separate the hardware and software in the platform,' he said,' Niccolai reports.

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"'In other words, he thinks the same strategy that helped Microsoft become the leader on the desktop -- licensing its OS for use by other hardware makers -- will let it win out on smartphones. Long term, he said, the battle will be between the Symbian OS (which is now open source), mobile versions of Linux and Windows Mobile,' Niccolai reports."

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