He may have been named the World’s Worst CEO by Forbes back in May, but that doesn’t appear to have done big baldy Ballmer’s confidence any harm.
Speaking at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (where the Windows 8 release date was confirmed), Ballmer warns that he’s going to eat all the pie and leave nary a slice for Apple.
Microsoft and Apple are rivals in many fields, including laptops, desktops, and – in theory (had to get a dig in somewhere) – mobile phones.
Ballmer says: “We are trying to make absolutely clear we are not going to leave any space uncovered to Apple. Not the consumer cloud. Not hardware software innovation. We are not leaving any of that to Apple by itself. Not going to happen. Not on our watch."
Of course, Microsoft recently dipped its toe (back) in the tablet game, with the Microsoft Surface, and Ballmer doesn’t dismiss the idea of a Microsoft smartphone. “We’ll see what happens,” he says.
“I love what we've got going on with the Surface. We are going to focus on Surface and our other Windows 8 tablet partners and see if we can go make something happen."
via: The Verge