Google Android Just A Press Release, Says Ballmer

Google's plans to enter the mobile industry with a cell phone platform might have impressed many in the industry but not Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft and one of Google's biggest competitors.

Ballmer sidestepped a request to make any specific comments on the Android software platform during a Tokyo news conference Thursday. "Well of course, their efforts are just some words on paper right now; it's hard to do a very clear comparison [with Windows Mobile]," he said.

Ballmer noted the success his company has had with its Windows Mobile platform, which commands a sizeable share of the smartphone market, especially in North America. Windows Mobile is on 150 handset models and available from over 100 different mobile operators, he said. Microsoft will likely license 20 million Windows Mobile handsets this year, he added.

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