Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Steve Ballmer's amazing statements

I've cancelled this. I misinterpreted Ballmer on purpose, wanting to make him look like an idiot. That is a very strong urge for me, I don't know why.

Here's an interview with departing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Q: Single biggest thing you are proud you did at Microsoft. You can just pick one:

Ballmer: I'm proud of being I would say a significant part even of the birth of intelligent personal computing, the notion that people use computing technologies, whether that's phones, PCs. I mean, we kind of birthed that over the course of the '80s and the '90s, and that's had such an unbelievable impact on people's lives. I would say a billion plus people and now more with phones, even if they're not all our phones, I'm very proud of what we've accomplished there.

 (Emphasis mine)

So it seems that the thing he is most proud of is creating the mobile phone market. A market were MS has had nothing but dismal failures and a market share in the low single digits.
Couple that with his recent statement that "nobody has yet made a tablet which anybody wants to use", and I think it's a good thing he will soon be getting a lot more sleep.


Pat McGee said...

It's interesting to think that he made a billion dollars just by announcing his impending retirement.

Not on options, but on something really simple. M$ stock went up 8% on the announcement. Which made his own shares worth $1B more.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Yeah, I'd be happy to make only 1/10th of that on the perception that I'm bad for business!

Anonymous said...

He didn't mean that at all. He meant that what Microsoft did helped create that world where computers in various forms are everywhere.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Sigh, you're right.