Ballmer issues scary warning to Apple

Ballmer issues scary warning to AppleHe 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

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 11, 2012 at 12:37

One iPhone model made more profit than all M$-ware ... whoa, Ballmer... Where can I buy a Zune?

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 11, 2012 at 13:45

I think RIM and M$ attend the same classes on "all talk, no action".

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 11, 2012 at 14:25

I think RIM and M$ attend the same classes on "all talk, no action".
Yes, indeed. Both were in semi-monopolistic positions in their respective areas for too long. Once they believe their own hype, it's down the spiral. Nokia felt untouchable the year iPhone 1 came out and Sammy announced their ambitions to become a top-3 manufacturer... That worked really well.

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 11, 2012 at 14:44

Ahh...2007, it only seems like yesterday that the first iPhone was launched. Love or hate Apple, that phone changed a lot of things. Samsung have done unbelievably well over the past 5 years, my Samsung D900i was a genuinely brilliant phone. If ever I decide to stop wasting money on smartphones, it will almost definitely be the phone I go back to.

CTPAHHIK  Jul. 12, 2012 at 10:21

Microsoft will not make good tablet or smartphone - they were never about hardware. Microsoft developers need hardware to test and it would be politically incorrect to use third party products as it would look as if preference is given to someone in particular (aka Google -> Samsung).
Microsoft strength lies in their OS, at 15 quid it's a no brainer upgrade unless Win8 is going to be crap. If you can get a phone to integrate with it, why not? Windows holds 95% of the market.

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