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Ballmer: Microsoft has discussed Google's practices with 'competition authorities'

By Shawn Knight · 10 replies
Sep 20, 2013
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  1. Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently spoke to those in attendance at the company’s financial analysts meeting. The executive used some of his time to discuss how Microsoft could generate revenue through consumer services like Google does. "They have this...

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  2. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +280

    Ah Karma, what a patient and long-armed ***** thou art...

    I find it funny that this article comes right after one where Google made their QuickOffice free...
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,311   +100

    Maybe it's just the green background messing with me, but anyone ever notice how much Ballmer looks like a turtle?
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,837   +1,180

    It's not a market shift, it's a different market; it's Search, not a browser war. This isn't about Chrome being a monopoly like IE was.

    If MS were complaining about QuickOffice that would be much more ironic given that making IE free was what killed Netscape and gave them the monopoly they were busted for years ago.

    But MS is complaining about Search, and I don't think it's two-faced of them to call attention to Google just because MS got busted for anti-trust issues years ago. MS had to have the justice department looking over their shoulder for 9 years after that IE/Netscape thing, and I don't see a problem with them making some noise to make sure others follow the rules that they were punished for breaking.

    Of course you'd think MS would keep their mouths shut just in case Google wanted to point out the little monopolies that MS does still have like Windows and Office. Google should be happy with Windows and Office owning their markets and MS should keep quiet about Google and search. That would be fair... Sorta.
  5. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +280

    That was sort of what I was thinking, and why it struck me as funny (coincidental, but funny) about the order of the articles... Heh.
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,837   +1,180

    He sure does in that picture. I think he either makes an abnormal amount of strange expressions or he's purposely targeted to be made to look foolish. Remember when Michelle Bachmann was on the cover of Newsweek with a photo that was what I believe journalists call a 'misfire' You know, when you're sorta smiling, but looking kinda weird. It's a good way to show subtle (or not so subtle) bias against someone.

    If you hold the shutter button down on a capable camera you're bound to get some goofy looking shots of just about anyone. Just ask Hugh Jackman
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,169   +3,261

    It only takes one shot of me. lol
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,507   +2,300

    Yeah, you're right, sort of. But to me, really more like a turtle's face drawn on a p*nis.

    They've already got him on a green screen. Maybe they should glue tracking ping pong balls to his head, and make digitally animated cartoon out of him........
  9. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,162   +548

    Let's see..... DrDos, Os2 Warp all at the time that Microsoft Dos & Windows 3.1 were around and was the 600 pound gorilla in the room. Now Ballmer is whining about Google?

    "They have this incredible, amazing, dare I say monopoly that we are the only person left on the planet trying to compete with,"
  10. Boo-fscking-hoo!

    Lets concentrate on our competitors and ignore that we (MSFT) cannot execute worth a damn anymore, and our own markets (Corporates that are locked-in to server, desktop, and office.) are withering after years of monopoly abuse.

    Attempting to mimic Apple's and Google's playbooks is working out disastrously, which is exactly how it should be when attempting to shamelessly mimic companies that succeed, without adding any value whatsoever.
  11. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Dat picture of Ballmer...

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