Ballmer: ‘Windows 8 is going to do great; It’s a fantastic product’

“This fall, Microsoft is embarking on one of its biggest series of launches ever, with new versions or updates of nearly all its products and services, from Windows to Windows Phone, Office to Windows Server,” Janet I. Tu reports for The Seattle Times. “On top of that, the company is debuting its first branded computing devices: the Surface tablets.”

Tu reports, “Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, who has called this year ‘the most epic year in Microsoft history,’ sat down for an interview with The Seattle Times last week to talk about the new products and services, the state of the company and the future.”

Some snippets from Ballmer:

• You know, Windows 95 was certainly the biggest thing in the last 20 years until now. I think Windows 8 certainly surpasses it.
• Screaming loudly doesn’t work very well in our industry.

MacDailyNews Take:

• If you look at the bulk of the PC market, it would run between, say, probably $300 to about $700 or $800. That’s the sweet spot [for Surface tablet pricing].
• Just yelling loudly in any business is never going to help.

MacDailyNews Take:


Someone really should explain to Ballmer T. Clown the purpose of a microphone.

I think you always want to have a system that has a chance to recognize people who are doing a great job, a good job, and helping people who are still doing maybe even a decent job, but they’re not doing as good a job as the other folks. It helps to let those people recognize where they stand.

MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft’s downfall: Inside the executive e-mails and cannibalistic culture that fueled Microsoft’s lost decade – July 7, 2012

• “Q: Where do you see Microsoft’s position in five years, 10 years?” Ballmer: First of all, I’d say: pre-eminent technology company.
• We’re trying to really re-imagine the world from the ground up with Windows 8.

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, the netherworld.

• You know, Windows 8 is going to do great… It’s a fantastic product.

Read more in the full interview here.

MacDailyNews Take: Let’s take a look at some reviews of Windows 8:
• Valve co-founder Newell: ‘Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space’ – July 26, 2012
• ZDNet’s Kingsley-Hughes: Microsoft’s Windows 8 is an awful, horrible, painful design disaster – June 8, 2012
• Dvorak: Windows 8 an unmitigated disaster; unusable and annoying; it makes your teeth itch – June 3, 2012
• The Guardian: Microsoft’s Windows 8 is confusing as hell; an appalling user experience – March 5, 2012

94 Comments

    1. I don’t promote or condone drug use but what ever he is smoking I need to get some of that stuff it makes you think everything is always perfect. They could have used it aboard the titanic. Hey Balmer IceBerg Dead Ahead…. May you be CEO for however long it takes.

          1. Well, if you’re the left hemisphere of that brain – and you’re here instead…. then that makes a whole lot of sense how he’s able to be truly creative with his factless, tactless verbal diarrhoea, unencumbered by any sense or logic!

    1. Who is everybody? I am using it via Parallel and on my PC and there is nothing wrong with Windows 8. It is very well suited for a touch screen PC and if the user prefers the Windows 7 UI then have at it. Frankly not that hard to use with a standard mouse.

      OSX is by no means superior to Windows…. I use both and have for a number of years and they are both fine.

        1. “It’s going to flop like Vista”

          Did you know that if it sells like vista, the ipad will instantly be dethroned?

          Did you know that the market share of this “flop” today, after all those years, is still double that of the mac install base?

          If it “flops” like vista, I bet the people at random will be very happy. They’ll dominate the tablet space.

          What apple fanboys don’t realise is that the amount of tablets sold is ridiculously low up until today. Apple is great at generating buzz and media attention. But they fail to actually deliver. All that talk about ipad this and ipad that… It’s ridiculous. 70% of apple’s revenue comes from their phone products. The ipad is like a fly on the wall. And Redmond is getting ready to swing a newspaper at it. And it will be squashed like it’s nothing. It won’t even take long. I predict it will be dethroned within 4 months after windows 8’s release.

          What many of you fail to realise is that the only chance of the ipad to stay on top of the market is if windows 8 becomes the worst selling windows version in the history of the world.

          Even vista, with all its (initial) problems, sold hundreds of millions of copies. Windows 8 won’t be any different.

          The ipad will join the mac market share. A marginal percentage for an elitist group that likes to feel special.

        1. I like Windows 7, compared to the Vista debacle, the XP Gulag, the ME eye gouging, the Win95 travesty and all the STDs (I mean service packs) in between.

          Windows 8 promises to entertain even more than a Richard Chamberlain movie box set, a bipolar trophy wife, mud wrestling amongst the Kardashians, or a Home Shopping Network extravaganza featuring Tony Little stress pillows and Lance Armstrong vitamin supplements.

        2. I haven’t touched a windows machine for a few years then a coworker asked me to fix something in his machine and I’m like “duuuuuuuh where did everything go!” Lol not a smooth UI at all, OSX just makes sense and feels natural

      1. Valve, Blizzard, Notch (of Minecraft fame), CNet, and countless others blogs and techie websites and enterprise IT departments hate Windows 8.

        Obviously it’s not just because of the GUI — two OSes bolted together — although that’s obviously what you’re simply referring to, but it’s Microsoft’s attempt to lock-down Windows and make it a closed and walled-garden desktop OS.

        1. Actually Valve is just pissed because Steam started selling non-games apps and MS marketplace is cutting into his profits. Blizzard is backing Valve, not thinking for himself, and Notch… well make a game that people don’t refer to as Lego and get out of Steams pocket 😐

      2. @Gary
        “OSX is by no means superior to Windows”

        hahahahahaha

        I’ve had over 10 years of experience with Windows, and although I’ve only had about 3 years experience with OS X, I can tell you that Windows is absolutely, positively, hands down inferior to OS X or any other operating system you care to name, aside from possibly DOS.

        Its UI is designed by idiots and its codebase written by even larger idiots. God, it’s still as shoddy today in 2012 as it was in the 1980’s(I guess if nothing else, Microsoft should be given points for consistency).

        Anytime anybody claims Windows is as good or better as OS X, I know that either:

        1. They’ve only used OS X for about 5 minutes.
        2. They’re judging the greatness of Windows based solely on how many games are available for it(while ignoring the rampant crashing of said games)
        3. They’re lying completely.

        I’m betting you’re a… #3?

  1. With people like Steve Ballmer in tech, who needs comedies?? LOL It’s been a fun, eventful week so far and these utterly clueless statements from our favorite M$ clown are the icing on the cake.

    “We’re trying to really re-imagine the world from the ground up with Windows 8.”

    And the end result make many of us shudder… Oh well, thankfully I won’t have to live in that world myself!

      1. A vivid and apt description! The guy would try to sell a vacuum cleaner to his wife, after which he would show the rubes how it’s done at the pumpkin seed spitting contest at the county fair, then drive on over to the Rodeo in his painstakingly restored Nash Rambler. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, if he’s the Rodeo clown

  2. From the article Balmer says it’s never going to be sexy (selling to enterprise)…

    I don’t know about that, I am sure there are some enterprising gorillas that would get off on the monkey dance…

    Developers developers developers…

    Then again it’s a challenge to think of a microsoftie as being sexy so maybe he’s right.

    Yelling never works….ha, Balmer speak with forked tongue.

    1. Sexy.

      Ballmer the sales guy.

      Ballmer is the one man who could conceivably popularize the monkey dance in forgettable product showcases, folding chair tossing as an Olympic sport, man sweat as the Xbox 720 matching fragrance, and incidentally assure Windows 8 ubiquity by continuing his impressive campaign of feints, dodges, and red herrings designed to befuddle the competition, making them think he’s losing it, when in fact this marketing genius has a solid record of going viral—and virile—on the Internet, in corporate boardrooms and corridors of power, and throughout the rest of a world of ordinary people weary of Apple’s swagger and presumptuousness, pacifism and environmentalism, imperialism and litigiousness, perfectionism and preciousness, and envious of their money…with so much stacked against the unclean usurper Apple, Ballmer has a chance for the biggest upset of all time.

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