Ballmer wishes for 10 year do-over, says Microsoft missed the mobile market

“Microsoft Corp largely missed the mobile market in the last decade, its recently departed chief executive officer said Tuesday,” Lisa Fleisher reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“Speaking at the Saïd Business School in Oxford, U.K., Steve Ballmer, who stepped down from Microsoft one month ago, admitted that he would re-do the last ten years if he could,” Fleisher reports. “‘We would have a stronger position in the phone market today if I could re-do the last 10 years,’ he said. The answer, he said, is to pick up and try to catch the next wave.”

“‘I’m a very interested board member,’ he said of the company he joined in 1980 and headed since 2000. ‘I own 4% of Microsoft,’ he said. ‘I care a lot about my child, and my investment, and therefore the investment of the other owners of our company,'” Fleisher reports. “Mr. Ballmer said he sees technology playing a major role in two areas in the future: bringing the next billion people into the consumer economy, and disrupting entire fields that are still slow to change, healthcare and education.”

“One student asked what it was like to be incredibly wealthy and powerful,” Fleisher reports. “Mr. Ballmer said that he usually would have punted on a question like that. But now that he’s retired? He felt free to say what he really felt: ‘I can play just about any golf course I want.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Steve BallmerBallmer T. Clown would need to go back longer than just ten years.

Steve Jobs was already handing Gates and him their asses well before 2004.

Sniff. Okay, we admit it:

We miss the big dumb monkey already!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dominick P.” for the heads up.]

54 Comments

  1. “…disrupting entire fields that are still slow to change…”

    Hmmmm… Slow to change?
    Like, uhhhhh… Microsoft?

    They redefine the concept of calcification.

          1. Like, like, like….all 3 posts above! His kids are probably over 18 now and buy whatever phone they want (don’t have to obey his old rule of no Apple products in the house). Can you imaging them seeing their father running around sweating and screaming on YouTube? They must be scarred for life unless of course he does that at home on Thanksgiving or something.

    1. We would all do things differently if we could turn the clock back ten years.

      If that privilege were granted to Microsoft’s customers, they would have abandoned Windows when Vista was launched, rather than wait for Windows 8 before seeing the light.

      1. Hindsight is 20/20.

        Microsoft would like the last 14 years back to not make a sales guy the CEO. Sales guys generally don’t have a vision for the future. If they ask for something new it’s because the competition is already selling it and by then you’re too late.

  2. He and MS had 10 years to own the tablet PC but they failed.
    Even after SJ had shown them the iPad they still managed to pour $900m down the pan with their first attempt.
    However the cash cow that is Government a locked in to MS Office so they fail with complete immunity

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