Steve Ballmer may no longer be the CEO of Microsoft or even have a seat on the board of directors but that doesn’t mean he isn’t loyal to the company that made him a billionaire. Shortly after purchasing the Los Angeles Clippers for a record $2 billion this past spring, one of the first things Ballmer did was vow to rid the organization of dependence on the iPad.
During a recent interview with Reuters, Ballmer said most of the Clippers organization already uses Windows products although some of the players and coaches don’t. He said he spoke with head coach Doc Rivers and one of the first things he was asked was whether or not they were going to be getting rid of their iPads.
Ballmer confirmed the suspicion although he promised to do it during the offseason.
The fact that Ballmer wants the Clippers to use Windows products exclusively shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The Microsoft veteran has always been known as a loyalist, even banning his family members from using iPhones.
Ballmer didn’t confirm which products the team would be using moving forward but the likely candidate would be the Surface Pro 3. The device is a bit more expensive than the iPad but given Ballmer’s nearly four percent stake in Microsoft that’s worth around $15 billion, I’m sure he could afford it.
No word yet on whether Ballmer will try and force his players to convert to Windows devices for their personal use.