Rivalries Heat Up with HP and Microsoft Execs Trashing Competitors

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HP and MicrosoftThis week proved that there is no love lost between the titans of tech, as the heads of HP and Microsoft were both recorded putting down their competitors.

The head of HP’s PC business, Todd Bradley, did his best to discredit Microsoft’s Surface tablet; while Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft claimed that both Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS operating systems have real problems.

HP vs. Microsoft

Clearly Hewlett-Packard’s Todd Bradley is underwhelmed by the Microsoft Surface tablet. In an interview published yesterday with IDG Enterprise, Todd Bradley went on record, stating “I’d hardly call Surface competition”.  

Bradley further explained his dismissal of the tablet: “One, very limited distribution. It tends to be slow and a little kludgey as you use it …. It’s expensive. Holistically, the press has made a bigger deal out of Surface than what the world has chosen to believe.”

Microsoft vs. Apple and Google

Even as Microsoft was getting slammed by HP, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was doing some trash talking of his own in an interview with Reid Hoffman Wednesday night.

Throughout the course of the interview, Ballmer notes key issues with both Android and Apple. He goes on to claim that the Android ecosystem is “wild and uncontrolled” and susceptible to malware. Then he also looks at Apple on the other end of the spectrum, which he claims is “highly controlled” and “high-priced”, pointing to iPhones that cost around $1,000 internationally without subsidies.

Ballmer also noted that he believes that Microsoft is capable of striking the correct balance between these two otions, offering both diversity and organization.

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