Steve Ballmer: Microsoft is a devices and services company

By Jos · 14 replies
Oct 10, 2012
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  1. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer released his annual letter to shareholders, customers, partners and employees yesterday and offered some guidance on what we can expect from the company over the next few years.

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  2. There goes the neighborhood..
  3. I imagine in the near future we have a hi-tech toilet that operated (flushing for instance) from touchscreen panel with Metro menu style
  4. Bill Gates had a vision and built Microsoft then Steve Balmer had a vision of Apple and decided to make an Apple clone, Microapple.
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  5. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 383   +54

    Says him. They're still very much software company.
  6. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,871   +1,291

    Translation: "We're trying to copy Apple and Google without <I>looking</I> like we're copying Apple and Google. Hence why everything we're producing looks even more like Frankenstein than me."
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,725   +3,699


    After building Windows 8, which appears to be against a big majority of wishes, I will never believe that statement.
  8. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +56

    Thank Ballmer for turning Windows into a gaudy "app" shop. It disgusts me really.
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  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,725   +3,699

    Did you say gaudy?

    Lets emphasize that word! How about bold, italic, underline, and make the font red. Does it draw more attention now? I would have made the font bigger but that option is not allowed.
  10. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +56

    Perhaps ghastly is a more accurate description.
  11. He reminds me of the bad guys from the first Iron Man movie...
    Teko03 likes this.
  12. The rise of new evil in gadget's market, careful apple, samsung, dell, hp etc etc.. you've been warned
  13. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,930   +758

    IMHO, about the only thing that M$ does really well in the software world is Visual Studio. To me, the rest of their software products are mediocre at best, and I blame that on trying to be everything to everyone. Adding devices and services to their "portfolio" will only push them farther on down the road on trying to be everything to everyone, and I bet that they will still only be masters at Visual Studio.
  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,725   +3,699

  15. @ wiyosaya
    What?! I think Windows is excellent (except for some POS like ME and Vista.). That's coming from someone using Macintosh and Linux in the past. It's definitely not mediocre.

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