Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer shills Windows 7 on U.S. national TV in front of Apple Mac (with video)

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer appeared on NBC’s Today Show on Thursday to shill his company’s Vista service pack, er, “Windows 7” and spent the entire segment in front of an older model (note the latches above the screen) Apple MacBook Pro (courtesy of an NBC graphic designer — Mac user, no doubt — who must have a wicked sense of humor):

Direct link to video via Hulu here.

Of course, it’s easy to run Windows 7 (or any other Windows version, Linux, etc.) and non-Mac applications on OS-unlimited Macs natively (via Apple’s Boot Camp) and/or via fast virtualization (VMWare Fusion, Parallels Desktop for Mac) which is just another reason to Get a Mac. But, Ballmer T. Clown doesn’t like that concept very much at all (a href=””>Couldn’t you just buy a Mac and run Windows? Microsoft CEO Ballmer: ‘No, we prefer real PCs’) because he knows that when people get a Mac and really begin to use it, they never want to boot up Windows again if they can help it. Then they start to use iWork in place of Office and… suffice to say, it’s bad for Microsoft’s sales. Microsoft banks on ignorance; without it, they have nothing.

MacDailyNews Take: It must suck to work for Microsoft where important details routinely go left unchecked and, no matter where in the world you go, you’re constantly surrounded by professionals who all use Apple Macs. Plus, every time you try to promote your inferior products, Apple’s keep showing up in your TV appearances and even in your sloppy company’s own ads that are, of course, also creating on Macs.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]


  1. I didn’t get it at first, but then I realize that the Image on the big screen is where it is! LOL. How pissed Ballmer must have been when he stepped out onto the stage! I’d love to know if he said anything to the Today show crew!

  2. Using hand gestures on a regular size screen is about the poorest interface yet except for perhaps teaching computers to kindergartners.

    Mark my words, it will never become popular other than for instructional uses.

  3. marko, if the only “competition” we can get to keep Apple on its toes is when windows fails to fall on its own face, windows has managed to set the bar pretty damn low.

    ….come to think of it i believe that is the MS sales strategy.

  4. I’m kind of surprised how calm Ballmer was, but he probably realized this wasn’t the best place for him to go insane. He had to make a good impression.

    His comment about people “choosing” 9 out of 10 times to buy a Windows PC instead of a Mac is completely wrong though. At least 75% of those people don’t choose. It’s simply all they know or what they were told to get. People don’t buy Macs mainly because of lack of education and understanding about what they offer.

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