It has been a rough week for Microsoft’s tablet and devices businesses. First, IDC questioned the company’s tablet strategy and predicted that Microsoft would reach a mere 10 percent of the market by 2017.
Then Bloomberg News reported yesterday that Microsoft has sold just 1.5 million Surface tablets since launch.
And now comes JK Shin, the Samsung mobile chief and co-CEO of Samsung Electronics, delivering this double-whammy in an interview with the Wall Street Journal today after unveiling the Samsung Galaxy S4.
WSJ: Samsung has become a dominant maker of Android-based phones. Has your relationship with Google changed?
Mr. Shin: We like Android and we plan to continue our good relations with Google. I don’t think it’s correct to say that there’s friction.
WSJ: What about your relationship with Microsoft? Has it changed after Nokia began to work more closely with Microsoft on Windows devices?
Mr. Shin: Smartphones and tablets based on Microsoft’s Windows operating system aren’t selling very well. There is a preference in the market for Android. In Europe, we’re also seeing lackluster demand for Windows-based products.
Keep in mind that’s coming from one of Microsoft’s Windows and Windows Phone partners. Samsung makes Windows PCs and Windows Phones. Shin didn’t directly answer the question about Samsung’s relationship with Microsoft … but in a bigger sense, he did.