Originally Posted by vvswarup
Folks, quit getting worked up over Ballmer's jabs at Apple. That's a part of the game. In case you all have forgotten, Steve Jobs is known to take swipes at competitors. Remember "2011: Year of the Copycats?" Also, he derisively remarked back in October that the slew of 7-inch tablets coming to the market should come with sandpaper so that users can file their fingers so that they can type on those tablets. And he has publicly vilified Google and Adobe. It's the job of CEOs to talk up their own products and point out the faults in competitors' products.
It doesn't bother me in the least that Ballmer has panned Mac sales. I just feel bad that Microsoft's vast resources are going to waste because the guy at the top just has no idea how to run a company. Apple isn't even trying to unseat Windows in desktop computing. Instead, Apple has moved on. Apple has iOS, their cash cow. Microsoft has Windows Phone 7. There is talk about Windows 8 but as far as I'm concerned, until we see a live demo and a release timeline for it, it's nothing but vaporware.
I think the objections here are not just that Ballmer is taking pot-shots at Apple. Apple's a HUGE company, and hence, is fair game for criticism, even satire, parody, what-have-you. The issue is that Ballmer basically behaves like a big, dumb playground bully. When Steve Jobs makes comments or pokes fun at the competition, they're very likely grounded in reality, and are worthwhile criticisms. Ballmer says things like "The iPhone is doing better than I'd like it to." (WTF???) or in this article, his comparison of 20 million Macs to 350 million PCs is meaningless, because Ballmer's company doesn't make or sell PCs. It's not even Apples and oranges. It's Apples and trombones.
A more fair and correct comparison would have been Microsoft OS installations compared to Mac OS installations. Finally, for Ballmer to say that "20 [million Macs] is too much..." is just plain rude. You shouldn't wish for your competition to be less successful
, rather you should focus your energies on making your company more successful.
If Microsoft gets around to making their own tablet, and it passes the iPad in sales or
profits, or, if WP7 or whatever it's called, passes iOS in, well, any context, then
Ballmer will have something to gloat about, and rightly so. But, I think that will only happen if Apple shuts down all their R&D skunkworks facilitiesand that likelihood of that is rather small, I think.