Steve Ballmer hasn’t been the CEO of Microsoft for a while now but he can’t seem to keep his mouth shut about how the company is being run. Bloomberg reports that Ballmer got feisty with Microsoft’s current leadership team during an annual shareholder meeting this week by criticizing the company’s smartphone strategy, among other things. More →
Recently, former Microsoft CEO and current Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer appeared on Bloomberg TV where the former executive briefly touched on Microsoft’s monumental 1997 investment in Apple.
At the time, Microsoft’s deal with Apple not only helped rescue the company from the brink of bankruptcy, it gave Apple a much-needed lifeline, affording the company room and time to innovate. And as we all know, the deal ultimately helped set Apple up for the most astounding tech resurgence in history.
As part of the deal, Microsoft agreed to invest $150 million in Apple for shares of non-voting stock. Additionally, the two companies signed off on a broad patent cross-licensing agreement. And to top it all off, Microsoft promised to provide continued support for Microsoft Office for the Mac for a period of 5 years while Apple promised to make Internet Explorer the default web browser on the Mac for the same period of time.
So when asked about Apple during an interview segment on Bloomberg TV, Ballmer said that helping out Apple back in 1997 might very well have been the craziest thing Microsoft ever did.
Even though he hasn’t been the CEO of Microsoft for a while now, that hasn’t stopped Steve Ballmer from making incorrect predictions about the future of the tech industry. Bloomberg reminds us that Ballmer just last fall told PBS’s Charlie Rose that online retail giant Amazon wasn’t even a real business because it didn’t consistently turn a profit. More →
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has really taken to owning the Los Angeles Clippers, as he has repeatedly vowed to make the team “hard core, baby!” Now The Financial Times reports that Ballmer has a lot more reasons to love owning the Clippers than we ever imagined — a billion more reasons, to be accurate. More →
When former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer officially bought the Los Angeles Clippers, many Twitter comedians used the opportunity to rebrand the team the “L.A. Clippies,” in honor of the much-loathed cartoon paperclip Office assistant that famously drove users crazy during Ballmer’s reign. However, it turns out that Ballmer was involved in developing something far more annoying to Windows users than even Clippy — that is, the Blue Screen of Death. More →
“I got five words for ya… I. Love. This. Basketball team, YEEEEAAAAAAH!!!” If that’s the kind of opening pep talk you expected out of former Microsoft CEO and new Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, then you probably won’t be too disappointed with the real thing. In his opening remarks to fans of the NBA team, Ballmer talked about how much he loves Los Angeles and explained why he loved fans for loving the Clippers due to their underdog status compared with the crosstown Lakers. More →
It’s the end of an era. Microsoft announced last month that this year’s Consumer Electronics Show keynote will be the company’s last for the foreseeable future. The show definitely won’t be the same without Microsoft’s chief executive officer Steve Ballmer kicking things off with his unique brand of charisma, but all good things must come to an end. According to reports, Microsoft won’t have anything big to announce at this year’s keynote. Instead, Ballmer will recap the strong year Microsoft had in 2011 and discuss the company’s core consumer-facing products moving into 2012 including Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox and more. Mr. Ballmer always puts on a show, however, and we’re sure he’ll toss in a few surprises to keep things interesting. The keynote kicks off at 9:30 p.m. Eastern / 6:30 p.m. Pacific, so hit the break to follow all the action — and Ballmeresque yelling — as it unfolds. More →
Microsoft has moved Andy Lees, the head of its Windows Phone division, to a new position within the firm. AllThingsD broke the news but did not name Lees’s successor. Instead, several of Lees’s responsibilities, including marketing and business development, will be handled by Microsoft corporate vice president Terry Myerson. Lees will remain a president within Microsoft and will still report directly to CEO Steve Ballmer. “I have asked Andy Lees to move to a new role working for me on a time-critical opportunity focused on driving maximum impact in 2012 with Windows Phone and Windows 8,” Ballmer said in a purported internal memo that was obtained by AllThingsD. “We have tremendous potential with Windows Phone and Windows 8, and this move sets us up to really deliver against that potential. In the three years Andy has been leading the phone group, we’ve come a long way,” he added. “We reset our strategy, built a strong team that delivered [Windows Phone 7] and [Windows Phone 7.5 Mango] and created critical new partnerships and ecosystem around Windows Phone. That is a ton of progress in a brief period of time, and I’m excited for Terry and team to keep driving forward and for Andy to dig into a new challenge.” More →
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has never been one to mince words, and the executive shared a few choice thoughts on Google’s Android platform while speaking at the Web 2.0 conference on Tuesday. “You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows Phone, but I think you do to use an Android phone,” Ballmer told Federated Media founder John Battelle during an interview on stage. He continued, “It is very hard to be excited, for me, about the Android phones.” Despite the platform’s innovative user experience and its slick UI, sales of Windows Phone handsets have not been impressive thus far. Microsoft has been hesitant to share hard numbers and partners have followed suit, but recent estimates suggest Microsoft’s share of the smartphone market may have hit a new low in the second quarter of 2011. Nokia is expected by many to be the catalyst that helps establish Windows Phone as a major player, however, and Ballmer confirmed that Nokia is set to unveil “a bunch” of new Windows Phones at Nokia World next week.
As Microsoft works overtime this week to get developers and consumers behind its next-generation Windows operating system, focus shifted back to the company’s emerging mobile platform briefly on Wednesday, AllThingsD reports. Speaking at an analyst meeting, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer addressed sales of devices bearing the Windows Phone operating system, acknowledging that the company isn’t where it hoped to be nearly one year after launching the platform. “We haven’t sold quite as many as I would have liked in the first year,” Ballmer said, noting that the company is making progress and that exciting new features are in the pipeline. “I’m not saying I love where we are but I am very optimistic on where we can be. We’ve just got to kick this thing to the next level.” Ballmer continued, stressing that Microsoft’s partnership with Nokia will help carry the platform forward. “With Nokia we have a dedicated hardware partner that is all-in on Windows Phones,” Ballmer told analysts. “They are not doing something on Android or [any other operating system].” More →
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer surprised developers during Micorosft’s BUILD conference in California on Wednesday when he took the stage to talk up Microsoft’s new operating system, currently named Windows 8. Ballmer noted that there have already been 500,000 downloads of the operating system since it went live last night. “We still have a long way to go with Windows 8,” Ballmer said. “We’re retooling all of what we do.” Ballmer believes that the changes will compel developers to begin to favor Microsoft’s operating system, which he expects will ship on 350 million PCs this year alone. “There is no phone, there is nothing on the tablet, there is no operating system on the planet that will ship 350 million units of anything other than Windows,” Ballmer boasted, noting that Windows 8 supports both Intel and ARM chipsets. Before wrapping up, Ballmer, in typical fashion, called on “developers, developers, developers” to rally around Windows 8. More →