iPhone BSOD + Laughing Ballmer

Steve Ballmer, whose company produced the single most internet-hostile program in history -- Internet Explorer 6 -- has the stupefying temerity to state:

Let's face it, the Internet was designed for the PC. The Internet is not designed for the iPhone. That's why they've got 75,000 applications - they're all trying to make the Internet look decent on the iPhone.

Okay, Granted, Ballmer is likely looking at that Internet through a "compatibility-mode" colored screen, locked into SilverLight or ActiveX stasis, with ill-rendered box models and complete lack of support for anything approaching modern HTML5, and CSS support, so he probably doesn't notice that stuff actually rendered using Web standards (Wikipedia it, Steve!) looks just fine on the iPhone.

Since Windows Mobile 6.5, brand new in 2009, uses Internet Explorer 6's previous-century rendering engine (spare us the -- it's not the same as desktop IE6 -- a poor browser by any other name hurts the web as badly), and Outlook 2010 (!) is transitioning to Word as its HTML email renderer (?!) we're sure he has no clue what the internet is supposed to look like anyway.

But still, even for Ballmer, this is one ham fisted quote. The reason the iPhone has 85,000 apps is because it's a modern, highly usable mobile device that developers want to develop for.

(For the record, what became the modern Web was designed on NeXT, the precursor to Apple's OS X, the mobile version of which powers the iPhone, with computing power and screen real-estate we're guessing might just be competitive with desktop power a couple decades old. B'okay Steve?)

[AP via Business Insider via Gizmodo]