updated 10:35 pm EDT, Tue October 18, 2011
Ballmer doesn't rule out in-house hardware
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has hinted that his company is not ruling out the possibility of creating its own smartphones. Although third-party manufacturers currently produce all of the devices running Windows Phone, the executive carefully skirted around a question from a Web 2.0 Summit attendee who asked if the company would build its own phone.
"Microsoft will do what it takes to enable hardware innovation," Ballmer said, according to a Twitter post from ZDNet's Mary-Jo Foley.
The executive noted that Nokia is preparing to show a range of new devices running Windows Phone next week at Nokia World in London.
Ballmer also took time to criticize the competition, claiming you don't need to be a "computer scientist" to use Windows Phone, "but I think you do to use Android." Aside from smartphones, he also claims Bing has risen to hold 15-percent market share and Microsoft is beating Google Documents "98 percent of the time" in the cloud productivity segment.