Ballmer: Microsoft will profit in post-PC world; Windows will be used in tablet PCs

“Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said the transition from PCs to smartphones and tablets is a time of ‘potential tumult’ in the technology industry, but said the software maker will continue to prosper in the changing market,” Alexei Oreskovic reports for Reuters

“Ballmer said that Microsoft’s Windows operating system, currently used in the vast majority of the world’s PCs, will be featured on the new breed of touchscreen tablet PCs,” Oreskovic reports. “‘Depending on what you’re trying to get done with the device at different times, there will be people who absolutely will want the comfortable and familiar look of Windows,’ said Ballmer at the All Things Digital conference on Thursday, where he appeared on stage along with Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie.”

“Apple Inc. has taken the lead in the nascent tablet market, selling more than 2 million of its iPad tablets in about two months,” Oreskovic reports.

MacDailyNews Take: The “nascent” tablet market into which Microsoft and their so-called “partners” have been trying and failing to sell Windows-based dreck for approximately the last decade. Outsold by Apple in mere months.

Oreskovic continues, “Apple also recently surpassed Microsoft in market value. ‘There’s nothing bad for us in the trend,’ Ballmer said of consumers’ tastes for new Internet-connected gadgets like tablets and smartphones. ‘We are moving from a world that’s fundamentally good for us to a world that could be even better,’ he said.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hoist! “May Steve Ballmer remain Microsoft CEO for as long as it takes!” Tilt and drink!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Judge Bork” and “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. Twenty years ago, the company I work for made parts for IBM water cooled main frames. IBM openly believed that a PC was as much a threat to their main frames as a calculator. THAT MARKET IS NOW CRUSHED AND DRIED UP! Ballmer is clueless about what is happening to Microsoft and their Windows OS.

  2. Are you sure that Steve Ballmer isn’t being paid under the table from Apple and Steve Jobs? This clueless idiot will be standing on the nose of the Microsoft Titanic screaming, “This ship can’t sink!”

  3. Clearly, Ballmer is Apple’s “fifth column” – there’s no other interpretation which makes logical sense. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    For as long as it takes!

  4. “There will be people who absolutely will want the comfortable and familiar look of Windows”..
    – Steve Ballmer

    “There’s a sucker born every minute”..
    – PT Barnum

  5. No, I have thought about this monkey boy dancing again. If he gets a heart attach, someone else may have to take over Microsoft. Lets not give up a really good thing!

    But, yes it would be nice to see the dancing monkey exiting the stage with the proper organ grinder music playing in the end when Microsoft closes or is sold. Maybe, Dell will make an offer?

  6. ‘We are moving from a world that’s fundamentally good for us to a world that could be even better.”

    Had Ballmer said that 10 years ago, he’d be wrong.
    Since 2000, MSFT stock is down, partners are pissed, they’ve failed to make a profit in every new market they’ve entered (yes, Xbox is still paying for it’s R&D;), and the difference between Windows XP and Windows 7 is primarily cosmetic, even after the learning opportunity which was ignored after Vista failed so spectacularly.

    Looking forward, we can see a future where mobile technologies are more dominant. Microsoft’s track record in the mobile space is abysmal: They completely lost their dominance in the smartphone market due to their failure to recognize emerging threats and their inability to innovate. The scaled-down Windows “notebook” OS never caught fire, and now HP, one of their leading hardware partners in this space, has bought Palm so they could ditch Windows to use WebOS in HP’s next notebook.

    in the face of all this, Steve Ballmer still “likes our strategy – I like it a lot”. MSFT stockholders, when are you going to wise up?

    Hopefully Steve Jobs thanks God every day for his competitors…

  7. It’s funny, Steve Jobs respons to an e-mail, and it’s all over the press, Setve Ballmer makes a stament, and we only find out because of a reader tip. This is simply indicative of how important each Steve is in this day and age.

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