Microsoft Windows Phone VP Calls iOS ‘Boring’


Microsoft’s vice president of the Windows Phone division Terry Myerson called out the competition at a conference hosted by AllThingsD, calling Apple’s iOS ‘boring’, reports Bloomberg.

His main objection against iOS seems to be the “icons across the bottom that offer little information or no flexibility”, he emphasized.

Myerson seems to follow the rhetoric from BlackBerry’s CEO, who recently suggested the iPhone user interface looks tired. But the Microsoft employee seems to be harsh, even compared to Steve Ballmer, who called the Apple ecosystem “high-priced” and “highly controlled”, while pointing to the international sales price of the iPhone.

But Myerson didn’t stop there: he even took a shot at Android, calling it a ‘mess’. Also, from Steve Ballmer’s point of view it is “wild and uncontrolled”, and (as recent reports have shown) susceptible to malware.

You may have already guessed which platform is the best, according to Myerson. Although he didn’t reveal any sales figures to highlight the popularity of their OS, Microsoft has seen a 2.6% increase of its share in the smartphone operating system market during the holiday quarter, according to IDC’s numbers.


  • Come on, don’t hurt Clippy’s feelings like that.

  • mackman6151

    The fact is boring works better. It’s faster to get things done. I don’t want life tile crap scrolling and changing on my screen….also, blackberry and Microsoft don’t understand the simple fact that makes android and iOS successful. It’s the apps. U can have the worst platform and as long as u have a large foray of apps consumers will flock to your platform. It’s very simple.

  • I’d have to agree on that. Everytime a new hot app launches, it’s iOS first most of the time, then Android. Comments always show sad BlackBerry or Windows Phone users saying “What about BB or Windows Phone?”

    Hot tip: don’t buy a BB or Windows Phone if you want great apps.

  • mackman6151

    A smart phone regardless of specs (can be 8 core with 20gb ram) isn’t so smart without apps. That’s what makes it “smart” and “functionable”….I walked into Microsoft store in yorkdale and the guy saw I had an iPhone and tried comparing specs and speed with me trying to show how superior his phone is to mine. I asked him about the apps he said “oh that’s not a big deal they’ll come” why would I adopt a platform with few useful apps? Lol I walked out and walked across the hall to Tesla 😛

  • wstoneman

    I agree that ios has become boring. I have had every iphone from day one, but ever since I got a Nexus 4 as a work phone I really hope ios 7/iphone 5s(6) brings a bigger screen and widgets. If not I might switch completely.

  • KJ

    Window, blackberry should heed their tonges this is apple lol….I got a feeling they will be eating crow when it comes to platforms development

  • FragilityG4

    Windows has a phone?

  • icore

    Yes, who cares about the os or the features of the smartphone after all that matters is the store. NOT

    Applications need to be able to take advantage of the new hardware in place otherwise the developers wont develop the best apps on the platform compared to competitors.

    Funny, Microsoft calling andriod wild and uncontrolled… the whole point of the platform is to take away control from the hardware manufactor and give it back to the consumer.

    Glad, this wasn’t followed into the pc world by Microsoft as the only people who like the control are publishers and developers who have a drm locked down enviroment where everything gets approved by big brother to the disadvantage of the consumer.