Steve Ballmer upbeat on new mobile phone operating system

Oct 08, 2010
US Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, seen here at an economic forum in Madrid, said Friday he was confident the company's new mobile phone operating system would help it claw back market share from rivals, days after Goldman Sachs downgraded its assessment of the firm's stock.

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer said Friday he was confident the company's new mobile phone operating system would help it claw back market share from rivals, days after Goldman Sachs downgraded its assessment of the firm's stock.

The world's largest software company will launch 7 in New York on Monday, trying to recover ground lost to Apple's , Research in Motion's BlackBerry and Google's Android .

"We are excited to be able to launch Windows Phone 7. We think we have pretty unique ideas and a unique perspective," he told a business conference in Madrid when asked if he thought the new operating system would help the firm make up for lost ground.

"I think our products will stand out compared to any others. We would not be launching the product if we did not feel good about its chances to do well."

Investment bank Goldman Sachs on Monday downgraded its rating on Microsoft shares to "neutral" from "buy," saying revenues would remain under pressure until the company gained a firmer foothold in smartphone and iPad-style computer tablets.

Ballmer said Windows-based tablets would be on the market as soon as they are ready.

"You will see us to continue to push Windows into new formats and when there is news on the topic we will report it," he said.

Technology website Neowin.net said sources close to Microsoft had hinted the company would use the launch of its new mobile phone operating system on Monday to outline plans for a series of tablet-like devices running the .

According to market research firm Gartner, Microsoft's share of the worldwide mobile operating system market will fall to 4.7 percent this year from 8.7 percent last year.

In June, Microsoft killed the "Kin," a line of aimed at young people it had unveiled just two months earlier.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Microsoft would on Monday offer three Windows Phone 7 smartphones with handsets made by South Korea's Samsung and LG Electronics and Taiwan's HTC.

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rexalfielee
not rated yet Oct 09, 2010
This is a typical Ballmer beat-up. The fact is that very few mobile companies could give a crap about Ballmer's amusing stance on phones, firstly that they have to pay for software that may not work & secondly that it isn't guaranteed & finally that Microsoft do not test their products well enough & leave that to their customers.

Good luck Steve, good luck Monkey Boy!
John_balls
not rated yet Oct 09, 2010
It's amazing that world most successful and richest software manufacturer has taken this long to come out with an phone operating system that most likely will not be any better the Ios and android.
They really dropped the ball.