“The geeks at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas worked themselves into a lather last night. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made a “surprise cameo” appearance,” Rocco Pendola writes for TheStreet. “To his credit: Ballmer, as is often the case, did come off like a rock star on a hallucinatory trip… Here’s what Ballmer said last night.”

We have seen the number of apps in our Windows Marketplace, available on Windows tablets, increase five-fold since October.

“If you have ever experienced the ‘Windows Marketplace,’ particularly if you have experience with Apple’s App Store, you know what I mean. It’s full of garbage. It’s akin to Netflix loading its library with cheesy knock-offs of Disney films,” Pendola writes. “Quantity means nothing. Quality and user experience. These types of things matter. So Ballmer said …

Soon, we will have the Twitter app and the Dropbox app and even the CNN app!

“These are all paraphrases, by the way, thus the italics and no quotes. But you dig. This is what he said. The Twitter app is coming to Windows!” Pendola writes. “Pardon my French, but talk about a half-ass embarrassing launch of software and hardware. Steve Jobs would have drowned somebody in the Pacific Ocean if this happened at Apple during his tenure.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Shh! Mr. Ballmer just needs some time to work his magic!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Rainy Day” for the heads up.]