Scoble: ‘Microsoft sucks’

Apple StoreAt the Microsoft’s recent “the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Global Summit,” a gathering of the company’s top software developers, Microsoft repeatedly proclaimed to their MVPs that they would “win” in search and other aspects of their Windows Live thingamabob.

“‘We’re a two-trick pony, and that’s rare in the history of business. Desktop software was a trick. Server was a trick. Our third trick is trying to do online, and our fourth trick is trying to do consumer electronics,’ Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said during a wide-ranging question-and-answer session with Joss and about 200 Stanford Graduate School of Business students Thursday,” Ryan Blitstein reports for The Mercury News. “‘Google built one very good business. They only have one thing they do. Everything else is sort of cute,’ Ballmer said.” Full article here.

On Friday, former Microsoft technical evangelist and prominent blogger Robert Scoble weighed in, “Microsoft executives are bragging to MVPs that ‘we’re in it to win.’ I don’t think Microsoft is. The words are empty. Microsoft’s Internet execution sucks (on whole). Its search sucks. Its advertising sucks… If that’s ‘in it to win’ then I don’t get it.”

Scoble writes, “Microsoft isn’t going away. Don’t get me wrong. They have record profits, record sales, all that. But on the Internet? Come on. This isn’t winning. Microsoft: stop the talk. Ship a better search, a better advertising system than Google, a better hosting service than Amazon, a better cross-platform Web development ecosystem than Adobe, and get some services out there that are innovative…”

“Oh, and Ballmer, if I ran Google your speech at Stanford yesterday would be plastered on every door on every campus Google has. Why? It’ll motivate Google employees the same way a coach will motivate an opposing team during the Superbowl by taking trash in the press. You’re up against a formidable competitor and one you’ve never seen before that has some real, significant weapons that you can’t deal with,” Scoble writes.

Scoble writes, “This isn’t Netscape you’re talking trash to, Steve. Have you really studied Google? It doesn’t sound like you have. Again, Microsofties, you’d be better served not to talk trash until you have something YOU CAN SHIP!”

Full article here.

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

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84 Comments

  1. OMG! Ballmer – you going to take that? He just ripped you a new one! Don’t just stand there like a monkey boy … do something … time to get up and dance! Developers! Developers!

  2. Scoble sucks less then he did yesterday. But he still – IMO – sucks. Microsoft isn’t about to embrace meritocracy, integrity or competition without gaming the playing field. It is easier for your grandma to install and use Linux than for Microsoft to stop being evil.

  3. LOL!

    Balmer takes it up he ass!

    Every comment I agree with, Microsoft is a dinosaur from the silicon valley age of IT, they dont innovate, they dont put customers first – all they do is copy the competition.

    If Micosoft didnt have it’s billions of cash reserves it would have folded years ago.

    They dont realise that the golden days of threatening competitors and locking them out of their OS dont work these days.

    These days you have 18yr olds setting up software companies that in 10 years time are gonna chew up Microsoft and spit them out.

    Microsoft cannot compete anymore, they spend $billions and 6 years ‘innovating’ their new OS only for it to be greeted by the world as an inferior OS X ripoff.

    Dell and other computer sellers are considering selling other OS’s installed on computers because no one wants to ‘upgrade’ to Vista, businesses wont touch Vista with a barge pole as nothing works on it and Apple is 35yrs infront of Microsoft.

    Sounds to me like a company in deep shit.

  4. Ha! Don’t make me laugh you Mac snobs! …

    You just don’t get it do you …? It’s all about choice … do you hear me?

    Choice … yeah that’s right … something you guys wouldn’t know anything about.

    I can “choose” anything I want as long as my daddy Mr MicroSoft makes it or lets me use it … so there! I’ve got choice coming out my rear end!

    My daddy is a good guy .. he would never hurt me or lie to me … I believe everything he says because he’s my daddy and daddy is the best.
    He only wants the best for me … at least that’s what he keeps telling me.

    In fact … he said he would destroy, defame, or do anything it takes to get rid of anyone who threatens my “choice” .. He said that’s the way we do business in America … sounds good to me …

    Sometime daddy scares me though and I wonder if what he says is just a bunch of hooey frankly …..

    I just hope I don’t grow up and have to deal with it ….

    See ya Mac fan boys!! HOO .. HOOO!

  5. ‘one trick pony’ is a retarded way to describe a business, even worse one that you run. I dont care that balmer said 2, 3 or 4 trick. The original phrase is 1 trick. very disapointed – again – that ballmer has such little real apparent insight. Seriously, is there actually something he excels at in business?

    no really – i want to know

    not being sarcastic.

  6. re:

    Ha! Don’t make me laugh you Mac snobs! …

    You just don’t get it do you …? It’s all about choice … do you hear me?

    Choice … yeah that’s right … something you guys wouldn’t know anything about.

    I can “choose” anything I want as long as my daddy Mr MicroSoft makes it or lets me use it … so there! I’ve got choice coming out my rear end!

    My daddy is a good guy .. he would never hurt me or lie to me … I believe everything he says because he’s my daddy and daddy is the best.
    He only wants the best for me … at least that’s what he keeps telling me.

    In fact … he said he would destroy, defame, or do anything it takes to get rid of anyone who threatens my “choice” .. He said that’s the way we do business in America … sounds good to me …

    Sometime daddy scares me though and I wonder if what he says is just a bunch of hooey frankly …..

    I just hope I don’t grow up and have to deal with it ….

    See ya Mac fan boys!! HOO .. HOOO!

    ———

    LLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOLLLLL!!!

    SINCE WHEN HAS MICROSOFT BEEN ABOUT CHOICE!!!

    I tell you what, do a simple search in google titled ‘microsoft anti-trust cases’ – THEN you will realise the shit Microsoft has done to STOP CHOICE.

    The company delibrately EVEN FALSEIFIED EVIDENCE in an American High Court!

    Bill Gates would have gone to prison for 20 years if George Bush had’nt interfered with the case.

    Oh so Microsoft is about choice then eh?:

    How about this then; Microsoft pre-installed Internet Explorer in their OS and put in code that stopped users from installing and using ANY OTHER NON MICROSOFT browser.

    Netscape navigator lost dominant market share because of this.

    TO BE HONEST – GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT.

    I HAVE BEEN AROUND LONG ENOUGH TO REMEMBER AND USE THE 1ST EVER VERSION OF WINDOWS – I KNOW WHAT SHIT MICROSOFT DOES FROM EXPERIENCE.

    A FRIEND OF MINE 15 YEARS AGO HAD HIS OWN COMPANY WHICH COMPETED WITH MICROSFT. M$ FOUND OUT THE SORT OF WORK HIS COMPANY WAS DOING AND THEY THREATEND TO CLOSE HIM DOWN BECAUSE HE WAS COMPETING WITH A SIMILAR M$ PRODUCT.

    MICROSOFT AND CHOICE – RRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOOOOFFFFFFFFFFFLLLLLLLL LLLLLLLLLAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMOOOOOOO – FUCKING BOLLOCKS.

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