The Tales of Two Steves on the iPhone: I beg to differ with Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer

Scaling / January 18, 2007 / Alykhan Jetha

The Tales of Two Steves. Every word of Steve Jobs in relation to the iPhone has been scrutinized, but the reaction of Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer is another story.

Look at this YouTube video. Here is another take on it.

“The iPhone doesn’t have a keyboard”? That’s all he’s got? Maybe he should have said the iPhone doesn’t have DOS commands! I can understand that he would want to minimize the potential of his competitor, but give me a break. And while you’re giving me a break Mr. Ballmer, look at the “Tales of Two Steves” with this comparative stock chart. Which Steve should we believe now?

I’m going to reaffirm that I think that the iPhone is the best small business phone yet. I spoke with a bunch of media folks on why the iPhone is the best business phone so far – especially for small business. Here are some reasons:

  1. It’s easy to use, so it will draw a bunch of small business users to use more technology
  2. It has Push IMAP email
  3. It renders emails better than any other phone
  4. It’s got a big fat keys when you need a keyboard (I think the big keys outweigh the lack of tactile feedback)
  5. Did I mention it’s easy to use

More than anything, I think the ease of use and the pleasant interface is what I’m excited about because it will bring more people into the fray. So many people are afraid of technology because it seems so complex, and we all know that Apple is the master at eliminating those complexities.

Based on Apple’s reputation and what they focus on, I can guarantee you that it will easier to use than Windows Mobile phone, a BlackBerry or a Treo.

We are learning that people are wanting simplicity – they are tired of complexity. I think the simplicity of the iPhone is what is going to drive many small businesses to adopt the phone. The larger enterprises may not, but the small businesses will – and guess what – there are more small businesses than there are larger enterprises.

We will be right there, doing our best to make sure Daylite plays nice with Sync Services and the iPhone.

Mark my words – in a few years – Mac OS X will be regarded as the best small business platform (actually, it already is, but the rest of the world just hasn’t caught up yet).

Until next time…

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