“In the videos from his talk at Oxford’s Said Business School, Steve Ballmer said that most tech companies fail — like restaurants, I guess — and that the genius companies are ‘one-trick ponies,’ which invent a business worth billons,” David Morgenstern writes for ZDNet.
“For Microsoft, Ballmer counted 2.5 tricks: firstly, the modern PC platform, which comprises Windows software along with the Office software platform; and secondly the Windows Server platform (he described this as Microsoft in the datacenter). And finally, just a half a trick for Redmond’s Xbox gaming system,” Morgenstern writes. “Ballmer granted that Apple had accomplished two tricks: Macintosh, by which he must also include the popularizing of the first widely available GUI OS; and the iOS mobile computing platform, which spans iPod, iPhone (smartphones), and now iPad (tablet computing).”
Morgenstern writes, “His math of Apple innovation appears lacking to this longtime Mac user. Let me add a few more ‘tricks’ to the list: The Apple II platform. Ballmer appears to believe that personal computing began with the launch of the IBM PC, which was Microsoft’s big start. Of course, the Apple II platform was one of the first great hardware and software platforms… Desktop publishing… The Apple [Retail] Store… There could be others: The transition to Mac OS X, as an example. What about the iTunes Store? Yes, it’s the vital service side of iOS, but it’s more than that, since it spans Macs and Windows and Apple TV platforms.”
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MacDailyNews Take: There are even more for Apple: iPod, for just one screaming example. The App Store for another.
But, this is hardly surprising. Monkey Boy’s math has never added up; hence the reason he’s currently “spending time with his family.”