Asked about smartphones, 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.
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.
I wasn’t the only one who had a chuckle though. The fine folks at Ars Technica, The Unofficial Apple Weblog, and The iPhone Blog also couldn’t help smirking. TUAW had the best title though: “Ballmer channels 1985…” Ha!