Ballmer on Windows Phone ‘07: ‘We’re early; there’s no question we’re early’

“I think it finally happened. We’d all been expecting it for a while now, but not quite so suddenly or emphatically: Steve Ballmer has gone completely insane,” Robert X. Cringely writes for Infoworld.

“It happened at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference. Somebody must have asked him why Microsoft waited three years before attempting to take on the iPhone and Android with Windows Phone 7,” Cringely writes. “According to CNN, Ballmer replied: ‘We’re early; there’s no question we’re early…. I think we kind of nailed it. When you see it, you just go ‘ooooh.””

Cringely writes, “I suppose if we’re talking geological time, then Ballmer’s right, Microsoft is on the cusp of the smartphone epoch, and the dinosaurs just went for a dip in the tar pits. But in a market where a three-month-old device needs to be checked for liver spots and signs of dementia, spotting the competition three-plus years and then coming up with something that almost meets the smartphone standards set in 2007 is not exactly being early. It’s certainly not ‘nailing’ it — unless we’re talking about a coffin.”

“If I had an office anywhere near the C-level on Microsoft’s campus, I’d want to make sure all the sharp implements were carefully hidden and all the chairs were nailed to the floor,” Cringely writes.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Sadly, over what will certainly be a major hit to the humor quotient, we don’t believe that even Microsoft’s investors are in deep enough comas to allow this buffoon to survive as CEO after Windows Phone ’07 fails to set the world on fire in 2011. To have a realistic shot at catching a whiff of Apple’s fumes, Microsoft needed Windows Phone ’15 in 2011, not Windows Phone ’07. They’re already eight years behind. Ballmer chances of remaining CEO after this plays out are not good.

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158 Comments

  1. He must have meant “we’re early” in the Windows Phone “07” development cycle, because not even Steve Ballmer is crazy enough to believe (or even say) that Microsoft is “early” to the smartphone space that Apple reinvented in 2007 with iPhone and again in 2008 with the App Store.

    The sad thing for Microsoft is that there WERE actually “early” to the smartphone market (pre-2007 definition of “smartphone”), along with Palm. They just wasted the advantage, just as they wasted being “early” to tablet PCs.

  2. He must have meant “we’re early” in the Windows Phone “07” development cycle, because not even Steve Ballmer is crazy enough to believe (or even say) that Microsoft is “early” to the smartphone space that Apple reinvented in 2007 with iPhone and again in 2008 with the App Store.

    The sad thing for Microsoft is that there WERE actually “early” to the smartphone market (pre-2007 definition of “smartphone”), along with Palm. They just wasted the advantage, just as they wasted being “early” to tablet PCs.

  3. Have to admit, that the windows 7 phone is very nice and functions much better than crAndroid phones.

    However it’s too late, and feels more closed than the iPhone.

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