ativsIt 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.


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  • Michael Khalilian

    I’ve always hated Samsung. I’d take the Lumia 920 or iPhone 5 over any Android phone anyday.

    • NotMichael

      Yes, this coming from an “associate consultant” at Microsoft. You’re not biased at all. You’re in the minority FYI, sales numbers don’t lie.

      • Xeno rides again

        Just because he works there doesn’t mean he’s not entitled to a preference. I follow several on twitter who prefer iPhone or Android. And a knee jerk MS hater like you, probably shouldn’t lecture about bias. Also, real db move posting his company email address. Totally unnecessary.

  • Yarpa

    Would be interesting to see how Samsung’s android marketing budget compares to it’s Windows marketing budget.

    • guest

      Probably like Bill Gates monthly spending budget compares to mine. But the bigger issue has been that Samsung hasn’t brought anywhere near the same hardware focus to WP as they have Android. Not really sure why they support it at all if that’s going to continue being the case. Maybe a loyalty thing as long time MS partner. But others see it as a hedge against Google. Fairly ineffective hedge the way they’re treated it so far.

  • Christopher Budd

    I can’t say I’ve thought of Samsung as a computer maker as much as an electronics company (I could be wrong…I don’t know their numbers).

    So I would expect they would naturally favor Android which they can shape and form into their own thing that’s totally theirs as opposed to Windows which would be Microsoft’s.

    So they have a vested interest in tilting their support and comments away from Windows and towards Android.

    • guest

      They’re the largest mobile phone maker in the world and one of the largest Android tablet suppliers. WP volume, while growing, is nothing compared to Android or iOS sales. And Samsung’s WP phone is not a strong contender right now, which makes his comments even more understandable. We all know Windows tablets aren’t exactly lighting a fire, so that’s an obvious one. The Windows in Europe comment is a little harder to translate. It might mean that with consumers buying tablets and smartphones instead of upgrading PCs, the only demand is coming from businesses. And Europe’s economy is still very weak right now. But all in all, more bad news for MS. And it can’t be too encouraging to have one OEM after another saying negative things.

      • Christopher Budd

        Good points and agreed, thank you!

  • This giant is dead

    Probably explains why we haven’t seen many senior management interviews lately. They’re all hiding. Even Frank Shaw seems to have run out of ideas for news he can try and spin in a positive way.

  • guest

    I wonder if Steve Ballmer is still maintaining that 2013 will be the “most epic year in MS’s history”? The way things are going, the only epic event for MS this year may be Steve’s firing.

  • Walden Gajo

    The way I see this things is that behind Samsung’s mind, Microsoft already chooses the partner they were going to sleep with at the moment and that is Nokia with HTC as the mistress. Samsung wants to be the primary partner for Microsoft but MS selected Nokia as a gesture of goodwill for the trust it put on Microsoft Windows Phone.

    So right now Samsung is enjoying the company of Google, but just like everything else, nothing last forever.
    Let’s see in two years time what happens.

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