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.]


  1. If they ever do a Microsoft movie, I want Stevie B. to be played by Jeffrey Tambor. The guy played the “bumbling buffoon businessman” role perfectly with George Bluth, Sr. He’s a great fit for Ballmer T. Clown.

    1. That would put a whole other level of “creepy” on the clown gig. haha

      Now I want to remake the E-trade baby commercial with Balmer in the background. Can’t you just see him with his tongue sticking out. Eeeeeee!

  2. A do-over? Wouldn’t we all. Talk to Marty McFly.

    Even if Ballmer did get a do-over, but could not keep the knowledge he has now how the market turned out, he’d still flunk out. I’d love to go back in time with that Sports Almanac and advance knowledge of stocks too and make a fortune. The point is that would be easy and not deserved. You missed it because you’re a misfit and didn’t have the talent in the first place. Now he’d like to cheat and get it right. Sorry Uncle Fester, the right people got the credit the first time.

      1. Thx, did not know that (was before my birth then).

        Well, no wonder he got the CEO position, can you imagine somebody THAT weird becoming CEO in a big company like MS with his “own merits”, no way in hell..

  3. Perhaps we should be more circumspect in our comments about Ballmer. 10 years from now, it may very be that people will talk the same way about Cook. It’s not as though Apple has had any amazing breakthrough success or revolutionary product since Jobs resigned. The objective observer might correctly surmise that Apple today is just cashing in the checks from app store sales instead of busting their butts on insanely great new products that users truly love using. The flat interface fad and the late slow buggy software releases have not given Apple users much to cheer about. At least Apple still makes nice hardware.

    1. I’ve softened on Ballmer considerably since his company hit the iceberg. He never really did get it, the big dumb clown. At least he was vastly entertaining with his slapstick and profoundly prescient “developers” rap. He has a lovely wife and family, and his ban on iPhones in the house is gone now they’re grown. (Connie always had two, one for show and one hidden, like Paladin with his Colt strapped down and the Derringer under the belt.)

      The true villain was always Bill Gates, who engineered the rise of an empire that would conquer the world, with all its attendant collateral damage, and exited once he saw the writing on the wall, leaving his clueless “buddy” Steve to ride the toboggan down into hell.

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