Netgear CEO takes pot shots at Apple, Microsoft

By on January 31, 2011
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Calls Jobs egoistic and predicts ‘game over’ for Windows Phone 7.

Well, there, someone is in a bad mood. CEO of router manufacturing company Netgear has lashed out against Apple, calling its ecosystem of products ‘closed’.

In an interview with Sydney Morning Herald, CEO Patrick Lo said that Apple’s “closed and proprietary products” will soon be overtaken by open-end alternatives like Google Android. ”Ultimately a closed system just can’t go that far … If they continue to close it and let Android continue to creep up then it’s pretty difficult as I see it,” he said.

Lo compared the Apple vs Google Android battle with Betamax vs VHS video format war, or Mac vs. Windows, were the more open platform won more market share. He said the industry had “seen this movie play several times”.

“Right now the closed platform has been successful for Apple because they’ve been so far ahead as thought leaders because of Steve Jobs,” said Lo.

“Eventually they’ve got to find a way to open up iTunes without giving too much away on their revenue generation model.”

Lo also said that they only reason Apple weighted support for HTML5 instead of Flash was because of Job’s ego. What’s the reason for him to trash Flash? There’s no reason other than ego,” he said.

“Once Steve Jobs goes away, which is probably not far away, then Apple will have to make a strategic decision on whether to open up the platform,” said Lo.

“Ultimately a closed system just can’t go that far … If they continue to close it and let Android continue to creep up then it’s pretty difficult as I see it.”

Microsoft wasn’t spared either, with Lo predicting “game over” for the Redmond giant and their Windows Phone 7  platform. He did not elaborate why, though. Maybe for kicks and giggles?

Source: Sydney Morning Herald.


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