Who’s laughing now?  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer changes iTune on Apple’s iPhone

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer “clearly has the competition on his mind,” Richard Waters reports for The Financial Times.

MacDailyNews Take: No, no, Rich; that’s just the usual bacon double cheeseburger.

Waters continues, “In a wide-ranging interview, he acknowledged the edge that companies such as Apple and Google have gained in important parts of the consumer business.”

“Apple’s iPhone and BlackBerry have ‘clear market momentum’ in the smartphone market, one of the only consumer technology businesses that is set to resist the economic downturn this year, he said,” Waters reports. “And, while generally dismissive of Google’s venture into smartphones, he acknowledged it would be a long time before Microsoft would catch up with regards to search software. ‘Google’s a great company, they’ve certainly got great market share and a decent product,” he said.”

“While acknowledging how far Microsoft is behind Apple in the digital music business and Google in search software, the Microsoft chief gave some pointers as to how the company hopes to respond,” Waters reports.

“Mr Ballmer unveiled two partnerships, with Dell and Verizon Wireless, to increase the distribution of Microsoft’s search engine. While not likely to make a big difference to the company’s market share, the deals carry an important message: Microsoft is fighting back hard against Google,” Waters reports. “In digital music, meanwhile, Mr Ballmer seemed all but ready to throw in the towel on the Zune mobile device, which has failed to gain ground on Apple’s iPod… He said that, with the market for dedicated portable media players in decline, the future lay in more ‘general purpose’ devices – such as Apple’s iPhone and touch.”

Waters reports, “Asked if Microsoft would counter with a ‘Zune Phone,’ Mr Ballmer said: ‘You should not anticipate that.'”

Full article here.

Sooner or later, reality always triumphs over bullshit.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer laughs at Apple iPhone on January 17, 2007:

Direct link via YouTube here.

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