“Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer vowed to ‘kill’ internet search leader Google Inc. in an obscenity-laced tirade, and Google chased a prized Microsoft executive ‘like wolves,’ according to documents filed in an increasingly bitter legal battle between the rivals.,” The Sydney Morning Herald reports. “The allegations, filed in a Washington state court, represent the latest salvos in a showdown triggered by Google’s July hiring of former Microsoft executive Kai Fu-Lee to oversee a research and development centre that Google plans to open in China. Lee started at Google the day after he resigned from Microsoft.”
The SMH reports, “The tug-of-war over Lee – known for his work on computer recognition of language – has exposed the behind-the-scenes animosity that has been brewing between two of high-tech’s best-known companies. Ballmer’s threat last November was recounted in a sworn declaration by a former Microsoft engineer, Mark Lucovsky, who said he met with Microsoft’s chief executive 10 months ago to discuss his decision to leave the company after six years. After learning Lucovsky was leaving to take a job at Google, Ballmer picked up his chair and hurled it across his office, according to the declaration. Ballmer then pejoratively berated Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Lucovsky recalled. ‘I’m going to f—ing bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again,’ the declaration quotes Ballmer. ‘I’m going to f—ing kill Google.'”
The SMH reports, “In a statement, Ballmer described Lucovsky’s recollection as a ‘gross exaggeration.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Isn’t Microsoft CEO Uncle Fester, er, Steve Ballmer, himself a “gross exaggeration?” After watching Monkey Boy dance, it’s remarkably easy to imagine chairs and expletives being hurled around Ballmer’s office. More Ballmer movies here.
In an interview with BusinessWeek, back in October 2004, Apple CEO Steve Jobs basically explained what’s happening at Microsoft: “How are monopolies lost? One day, the monopoly expires for whatever reason. But by then the best product people have left, or they’re no longer listened to… Who usually ends up running the show? The sales guy… And so the company goes through this tumultuous time, and it either survives or it doesn’t… Look at Microsoft — who’s running Microsoft? Right, the sales guy. Case closed.” Source: BusinessWeek