In last company meeting, Ballmer calls Apple 'fashionable,' says Microsoft about 'doing more'

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  • Reply 21 of 147
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    Originally Posted by kent909 View Post



    It's still his job. What else should he say?

     

    He could look a little less stupid by not taking swipes at other companies.

     

    I mean, really, how has that worked out for him.

     

    Isn't that the reason he is saying goodbye.

  • Reply 22 of 147
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    Apple, Ballmer said, is about being "fashionable," 

     

     

    And this is exactly why this is his last meeting..  After more than a decade, he still truly does not get it.

  • Reply 23 of 147
    Microsoft is "about doing more... mistakes!", I would add.
  • Reply 24 of 147
    He sounds mentally ill.
  • Reply 25 of 147

    MS has a big role to play in the future of computing? That's what is unbelievable.

  • Reply 26 of 147
    jd_in_sbjd_in_sb Posts: 1,496member
    In phones and tablets Apple is a higher volume player than MS. Too bad Ballmer couldn't inject any realities in his speech. It was all "were doing great and our competitors suck."
  • Reply 27 of 147
    M$ about 'doing more'...

    Sweating? Monkey dancing? Masturbating?
  • Reply 28 of 147
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    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post



    "Apple, Ballmer said, is about being "fashionable," while Amazon is about being "cheap," and Google is about "knowing more." Microsoft, Ballmer said, is about "doing more." "



    So %u2026 He's saying Microsoft stands for "being unfashionable, expensive* and knowing less%u2026"



    Good heavens, I never thought I'd agree with Monkey Boy!



    *The 'expensive' isn't about the cheap crappy PCs but the enormous waste of time and money keeping the crap running.

     

    <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

    I'll miss monkey boy. His reign benefitted Apple immensely

  • Reply 29 of 147
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,719member
    aderutter wrote: »
    MS has a big role to play in the future of computing? That's what is unbelievable.

    It's true, MS will show other companies what NOT to do.
  • Reply 30 of 147
    Poor Ballmer..........just go..............away................far away
  • Reply 31 of 147
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 7,470member
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    delusional to the last. he'd make a great politician.


     

    Remember "Baghdad Bob?" The SNL skit was hilarious too. Just stick Ballmer in there and...Boom!

     

  • Reply 32 of 147
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    Originally Posted by island hermit View Post

     

     

    He could look a little less stupid by not taking swipes at other companies.

     

    I mean, really, how has that worked out for him.

     

    Isn't that the reason he is saying goodbye.


     

    How has it worked for out for him? Let's think about that ... Tell me you wouldn't trade places with him.

  • Reply 33 of 147
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    How has it worked for out for him? Let's think about that ... Tell me you wouldn't trade places with him.


     

    How has that worked out for him? In the context of my comment and in the context of the story. Not that well.

  • Reply 34 of 147
    nealgnealg Posts: 132member

    You can't really expect Ballmer to look at things rationally and admit the errors that were made under his administration. If he does that, then the whole time he ran MSFT he would have to see himself and his time there as a massive failure. As the marketing person he is, I don't think he could ever admit to that, except maybe in hindsight in 20 years or so(it took Sculley quite a few years to figure out what had happened at Apple). By blaming the other companies, he allows himself to be off the hook for the problems MSFT is facing now. It wasn't his fault. It was the other guy's fault officer. Looking at things right now, history will not be kind to Mr. Ballmer.

     

    But at least Ballmer is consistent. Total lack of class from beginning to end. Not surprising at all.

  • Reply 35 of 147
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    Look past the condescending, misguided metaphor of "fashionable" and there is some truth to what he is saying. But you have to have the intellectual curiosity and wherewithal to look past your own biased filter, too.


     

    Yes, there is truth to what he is saying. Apple makes products that people actually want to buy. Microsoft, on the other hand, makes products that next to no one wants to buy (Zune, Zune RT, KIN, etc.) or products that people are forced to use because of business decisions (Microsoft Office). Instead of belittling and mocking Apple, he should be working to push products that consumers actually want. And, no, being able to run Microsoft Office is not a feature that drives sales to consumers. Also, you don't see Apple have to offer gift card trade-ins for other people's products to drive sales like Microsoft is forced into doing. So other than more petty insults I don't see much intellectual depth behind the statement.

  • Reply 36 of 147
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,462member
    aderutter wrote: »
    MS has a big role to play in the future of computing? That's what is unbelievable.

    I think this means they will help gates run the second largest land fill company in the US.
  • Reply 37 of 147
    tnsftnsf Posts: 203member
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    Ballmer also took the opportunity to take a swipe at Apple and a couple of other competitors that have largely stolen Microsoft's thunder in the new age of computing. Apple, Ballmer said, is about being "fashionable," while Amazon is about being "cheap," and Google is about "knowing more." Microsoft, Ballmer said, is about "doing more."

     

    This is why you are no longer CEO, Mr Balmer.  You still refuse to admit that other companies are doing things better than Microsoft.  If you can't admit when someone else gets something right then you're never going to be able to come up with something better.

     

    Out with the more and in with the better!

  • Reply 38 of 147
    thomprthompr Posts: 1,511member
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    By how much can something go over someone's head? Hey half wit, the ones you call "fashionable" are the ones who have created the modern desktop and notebook GUI, the modern smartphone, the modern tablet, the modern digital distribution, the modern cloud, the modern music industry and are continuing relentlessly. God, this guy is seriously delusional - so much so, he's actually funny sometimes.

     

    Indeed!  He reminds me of "Comical Ali", the Iraqi Information Minister that provided hilarious propaganda broadcasts about the Iraqi Army's imminent and glorious victory, even while the country & city were crumbling around him.

  • Reply 39 of 147
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    It's still his job. What else should he say?

     

    Focus on Microsoft, their strengths, and what they can do. No need to call out the 2-3 companies kicking your ass. It (1) proves that they are beating you, otherwise you wouldn't call them out, and (2) shows you fear them and have no other defensive move, such as --> stating what makes you different and the best choice.

     

    Same thing for the most recent Windows Phone commercial. The LONE couple, all the way in the back, in folding chairs, while dozens of iOS and Android users duke it out, standing in front of you. You barely show your product, but do show a ton of iPhone 5s and Galaxy phones.

  • Reply 39 of 147
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    This is why you are no longer CEO, Mr Balmer.  You still refuse to admit that other companies are doing things better than Microsoft.  If you can't admit when someone else gets something right then you're never going to be able to come up with something better.

     

    Out with the more and in with the better!


     

    But two apps at once! Microsoft Office on your tablet! Being able to zoom in on the home screen!!! Clickety-clacking your keyboard to your tablet while you dance like a buffoon! Come on man, these are killer features!!!

     

    /s

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