Chair hurling Microsoft CEO Ballmer: ‘I’m going to f—-ing kill Google’

“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.'”

Full article here.

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


  1. MS has already lost to Google. If MS truly had a “Google killer” in the works, temper tantrums wouldn’t be necessary.

    Anyway I say let the humor unfold. Resources thrown at Google means opportunities to chip away at MS on other fronts.

  2. Well Stevie Ballicker is a wack job anyway. I remember a few years ago his buddy Billy Bob Gates said that he was going to “cut Apple’s air off” (or words to that effect.)
    We’ll see how this shakes out. Stay tuned to MDN for all the details.

  3. Here…just thought this one up!
    “I’m Steve Ballmer! I’ve got a shiney bald head, bad breath, a vacant stare and serious anger issues! Where’s my tech supporter???”
    Safe to say that he’s off his tablets again….

  4. Steve Ballmer, #1 liability for Microsoft. Someone needs to remove this guy from the computer industry and also from operating any heavy machinery. When some CEOs have no solution they revert back to childhood. Glad I didn’t know him as a child either. He should step aside and let someone with some real talent take over.

    It’s good to know there are companies like Apple and Google around. Otherwise computing would still be stuck in 1984 before the SuperBowl.

  5. I despise Bill Gates, Microsoft, and everything they stand for: crappy products, indifference to security issues, “hardball” business tactics that are tantamount to extortion, and a complete inability to innovate.

    Yet somehow, after I stop laughing at the infamous “Monkey-boy” video (it truly never gets old), I almost find myself feeling sorry for ol’ Bill. Almost. Nah, they deserve each other.

    Yep, M$ is in the beginning stages of death-spiral from their lofty perch dominating the personal computer industry for the last 15 years. Obviously, I am heartily cheered by this development.

    Others here have said it very well: M$’s own size has finally proven to be its undoing. They cannot effectively compete with Apple OS X in operating systems, Google in web services (and who knows what else?), Linux in open-source apps of high quality, etc.

    I’m reminded of a huge lumbering brontosaurus being slowly ripped apart by packs of nimble, warm-blooded mammals: namely, the “wolves” that MonkeyBoy made reference too.

    It’s a glorious sight. May M$ die a swift and painful death.


    PS. Michael Anthony may not be on the genius level like Eddie VH, but he’s at least as good as 99% of all rock bass players. Plus, from everything I’ve ever heard, he’s not an a**hat like Eddie and his brother.

  6. Well I don’t like most of what MS makes, but even I know that Gates is the leader of the company, not Ballmer.. I think alot of their problems (and SJ talked about the ‘salesman’ thing which is in line w this) stem from that.. people listen to Ballmer talk and it’s not products.. it’s sales

  7. The challenges facing MS exceed top management’s ability to manage them. Of course, its always been this way at MS. But in the past they used their monopoly to force competitors to genuflect at Billie’s altar, doing away with the need for effective management.

    This company is imploding under the weight of its own ineptitude.

    Apple is going to hit 10% share in the next 3 – 4 years. When that happens 1 in 10 users will be using Macs. Finding someone that owns/uses Mac won’t be as rare as just a couple of years ago when the ratio was 1 in 40. 10% is critical mass, and MSFT doesn’t have the strength of product to stop it.

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