to add to this MS is about working harder not smarter too, ie doing more
struckpaper wrote: »
Thanks for asking.
Assuming the *quote* is correct, he didn't say Microsoft was doing more. He said Microsoft was "about doing more". Likewise, he didn't say Google knew more (do you really think he would concede that?); he said they were "about knowing more".
Think about his metaphors:
Apple = fashionable
Amazon = cheap
Google = about knowing more
Microsoft = about doing more
A different way of wording it:
Apple = design-driven
Amazon = price-driven
Google = aggregating information (search, book-scanning, ...)
Microsoft = providing productivity (Office, CRM, SQL Server, ...)
Is that really a wrong way of differentiating the business models of the Four Horsemen? Of course people here are incapable and in fact unwilling to see it that way. They prefer to mock his appearance instead. After the guffaws, how intelligent and insightful does one really feel?
jakesun wrote: »
Too bad he is leaving; with the new CEO, Apple may face real competition..
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.
Their Windows Phone commercial was very funny and very well made. Of course, MS didn't make the commercial -- they hired out an ad company to design, shoot and write the commercial -- a company with talented and creative people who had a good sense of humor -- in contrast to MS.
Ballmer is so juvenile - he always been. It's like he's in high school at a pep rally for the big game with the cross town rival. Or even better, he's a lame rapper who can't put two words together, yet he constantly boasts how his rhymes are better than all the other MCs.
Dear Steve B: The rest of us out here are adults. Why can't you be one too?
Ballmer is the Kanye West of the computer industry.
quadra 610 wrote: »
What is MS doing, exactly?
Nothing says 'doing more' like kickstand.
Ballmer is an ass hat. nothing he has ever said has been based in any form of reality.
He should've said "**** you all and have a nice day!" Then after that put on a cowboy hat and gallop off the stage with a stick horse. THAT would've still been smarter than everything he just said.
What a joke. Ballmer would never have followed that path if he were still alive.
doing more... how about "quality over quantity?" If you look at the amount spent on R&D between Apple and MSFT, somebody may honor us with the number but I believe apple was about 2billion/year and msft much much more... now looking at the major results, MSFT beyond managing to copy Mac OS and the original Word Express and whatever spreadsheet software was ruling in the 80's (maybe Lotus) to build it into their Windoze + Office empire, not much innovative ground-breaking rev-generating things came out of "doing more"..
and although Ballmer may belittle Apple's fashionableness, he shouldn't forget that Windows was , too , fashionable in the 90s and early 2000, and in 95' ppl actually lined up to buy windows 95!! how tides have turned.
AppleInsider wrote: »
In what will likely be his final appearance at Microsoft's companywide meeting as chief executive, Ballmer took the stage with his typical bombast
"Doing more," is for sure!
Virus scans, disk defrags, annual clean re-installs, high upgrade fees, weird products (hello, RT), axed products, endless configuration.
What more could customers want?
The byline is my favorite: "Nobody puts Ballmer in a corner."
OK, they actually said "outgoing Steve", but still. Gold.