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Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has said in a new interview that his company is "not going to leave any stone unturned" in competing against Apple.

Ballmer said Microsoft intends to make it "absolutely clear" that the company plans to compete in any market against Apple, according to CRN. He said Microsoft plans to "innovate everywhere" and bring its partners along for the ride.

The Microsoft CEO said he believes his company has advantages over the market in productivity, enterprise management and manageability. He said he doesn't see any market where Microsoft will let Apple go uncontested.

"Not the consumer cloud. Not hardware-software innovation. We are not leaving any of that to Apple by itself," Ballmer said. "Not going to happen. Not on our watch."

The interview comes soon after Microsoft unveiled its new Surface tablets, with hardware that the company designed itself. Microsoft's creation of both the hardware and software for Surface is a major transition for the company and gives it an approach similar to Apple.

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Apple and Microsoft will not only face off in the tablet market this fall after the launch of Surface, but both companies are also launching next-generation versions of their mobile and traditional PC operating systems. Apple is set to launch Mountain Lion this month while Windows 8 will debut in October, and Apple will release iOS 6 this fall around the same time as Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.

The two companies also compete in the set-top box market, where Microsoft's Xbox 360 offers video and music content in addition to games, while the Apple TV features Apple's iTunes content and can stream games and other material to an HDTV.
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Oh boy.

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Oh Ballmer, haven't you suffered enough?!  

 

I never knew Balmer was a Sadomasochist who loved pain and suffering or misery wrought on others!

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post #4 of 132

Fatboy's obsessed.

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Nothing he ever says seems to be the right thing.
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"... Not the consumer cloud. Not hardware-software innovation.  We are not leaving any of that to Apple by itself," Ballmer said. "Not going to happen. Not on our watch."...

 

It's been pointed out elsewhere already, but this is exactly what has already happened "on his watch."  

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Oh boy.

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Nothing he ever says seems to the right thing.

Was that on purpose, because it's funnier if it was.

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post #8 of 132

I'm sure tomorrow someone from PR will fix what he said now. lol

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"I'm sorry, we will try to copy Apple in every market and fail miserably." -Steve Ballmer

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Steve jobs had such a low opinion of this clown. He has been competing all
Along and now how wakes up to it. The surface will be another sink hole.
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OK, so now we know if they hope to compete with Apple at some point, and I guess it's just a question of when, right?

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Was that on purpose, because it's funnier if it was.

Nope. I forgot a word.
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When you roll up the sleeves of a buttoned down Brooks Brothers shirt you are automatically conflicted.

 

I can just see the new commercials.

 

"Hello, I'm an iPad."

 

"Hello I'm an iPad wanna be."

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post #14 of 132

...so I guess that whole possum strategy by Microsoft isn't working out so well.

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Bring it on Monkey Boy.

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[quote]He said Microsoft plans to "innovate everywhere"[/quote]

 

That's not really innovation at all, which really confirms what is obvious about Balmer. He doesn't understand innovation at all.

 

In fact, the entire statement just screams "we're going to follow Apple everywhere and stifle their innovation wherever we can".  He really is a monkey.
 

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post #17 of 132
WAIT! I've got an idea!!!
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"not on our watch" if this refers to his tenure at the helm, then it won't be much longer that he'll be competing in every segment that Apple is in. 

Based on his performance, he can't be much longer at microsoft.

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Late to the party and brings Boone's Farm. Sometimes it's better to be one of the cool kids.

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post #21 of 132

I don't see this being so bad, maybe theyll make a TV and it'll be like an xbox. They sell it for a loss.

Then I can buy TVs for people for christmas. Just gotta leave before they try to turn it on.

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I so much regret that AI started to include the articles' picture in the forum. I mean, those eyes!
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post #23 of 132

They have very carefully covered over his sweat drenched armpits. 

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"not on our watch" if this refers to his tenure at the helm, then it won't be much longer that he'll be competing in every segment that Apple is in. 
Based on his performance, he can't be much longer at microsoft.

I sure hope you're wrong! I love SB as a competitor!
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There will soon be an ad in the Redmond newspaper. Ballmer's lost his mind. Reward for its safe return.
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Monkeydude!  A good place to start would be to find a futuristic staircase to pose in front of.  Maybe with *steps of glass* or how about *transparent, and in the form of a helix*.

 

But ... where the heck ya gonna find one of those?

 

It's almost enough to inspire compassion for the MDude.

 

Almost.

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Good luck monkey boy.

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While the statement might be funny... I'd say a big +1 for Steve. He's lost a lot of weight and looks much healthier.
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Steve Balldy says a lot of things ....
But look, Mi¢ro$oft has a bottomless well of cash, so they can make this absolutely-doomed-to-fail
product attempts just to show the shareholders that at least they're trying.
Absolutely ...

This seems like the USSR v. USA -- The Soviets tried to keep up with everything the US did, all the while espousing that their philosophy was superior, and in the end brought down the entire country. And along the way, despite propaganda that they had everything the US had, clearly human rights and prosperity were among it's chief failures, even if they kept up with or exceeded the US in other areas.
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[quote]He said Microsoft plans to "innovate everywhere"[/quote]

 

That's not really innovation at all, which really confirms what is obvious about Balmer. He doesn't understand innovation at all.

 

In fact, the entire statement just screams "we're going to follow Apple everywhere and stifle their innovation wherever we can".  He really is a monkey.
 

 

I agree, but in his defence, the word "innovation is widely mis-used by the tech press. 

 

For instance you can't rightly say (as is said all the time, day in and day out), that you are "going to innovate" (something).  Innovation is something that can only be detected in retrospect or by comparison.  It's not like you can sit down at a bench and say, "okay, let's innovate!"  It's categorically impossible.  

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You don't play chess by positioning your pieces on the board. You play by positioning your opponent's pieces. And that has already been done. By Apple.

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He said Microsoft plans to "innovate everywhere" and bring its partners along for the ride.

 

His partners are hitching their wagons to another horse!

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Aside from the idiocy of his statements, I have to wonder what's wrong with their PR and marketing people. They have umpteen bazillion dollars and Ballmer has plenty of money of his own. Yet they couldn't come up with a picture that looks better than a drivers' license photo?
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post #34 of 132
What a fracking admission of failure eh?

When will he face the facts? Windows was the Apple OS ripped off (literally) and Office was conceived and commissioned for Mac by Steve Jobs from Microsoft. Let me see what have they got going for them except Windows and Office ....??

They have never ever innovated. Microsoft will join Kodak and many others within ten years.
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Too bad after his statement, they didn't ask, "How about the personal music player market?"
 

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Do you think he meant Microsoft will begin producing desktop and laptop computers? How can he say this and also mention working with their partners? He might as well walk up to his partners and say "We are going to gradually do all we can to undercut your business, but; we'll be glad to continue selling our software to you because we are very proud to be your partner." How soon until they get together and drop Microsoft? Will it be the Asian companies that do it first or will HP or Dell step up to the challenge?
 

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While the statement might be funny... I'd say a big +1 for Steve. He's lost a lot of weight and looks much healthier.

Fear can lead to weight loss you know./ chuckle
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Damn it you took the words right out of my mouth ....
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post #39 of 132

Original quote... "Ballmer said Microsoft intends to make it "absolutely clear" that the company plans to compete in any market against Apple, according to CRN. He said Microsoft plans to "innovate everywhere" and bring its partners along for the ride."

 

Considering the recent Surface** announcement debacle, I interpret it more like... "take its partners for a ride."

 

** After the 1st quarter sales shipped figures, probably renamed "Surplus".

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While the statement might be funny... I'd say a big +1 for Steve. He's lost a lot of weight and looks much healthier.

The picture was probably Photoshopped. lol.gif

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