Steve Ballmer

  • Steve Ballmer Went Twitter Crazy In Kiev The Other Day — Yes, He's On Twitter

    Steve Ballmer Went Twitter Crazy In Kiev The Other Day — Yes, He's On Twitter

    A few days ago, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave a talk at the Kiev Polytechnic Institute in Ukraine. During the talk, he mentioned Twitter a few times. When a question from the audience asked Ballmer when he was going to start Tweeting, he revealed that he actually already has an account. He then proceeded to Tweet right on stage. Twitter universe, say hello to Steve Ballmer. “I have… Read More

  • That's Ballmer With A "B" — For "Billions"

    That's Ballmer With A "B" — For "Billions"

    Well, Steve Ballmer certainly had a productive week. Over the past three days, the Microsoft CEO has sold 49.3 million shares of his company stock, Reuters reports. With the share price hovering around $27, the sale has made him about $1.3 billion. Not bad for three days. And he’s not done yet. Ballmer apparently intends to sell as much as 75 million of his shares in total by the end of… Read More

  • Think Bartz Can't Answer What Yahoo Is? Listen to Ballmer Try to Answer Why You Should Work at Microsoft.

    Think Bartz Can't Answer What Yahoo Is? Listen to Ballmer Try to Answer Why You Should Work at Microsoft.

    Maybe it’s time for the great salesman to hang it up. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer spoke at a computer science school this week and was asked in a roundabout way, why someone would want to work at Microsoft when there are so many more exciting companies out there, like, say  Apple. Ballmer tap dances for four minutes, the moderator hops in and notes that one-third of the… Read More

  • Microsoft's Ballmer: Android Isn't Really Free — You Have To Pay Us For Patents

    Microsoft's Ballmer: Android Isn't Really Free — You Have To Pay Us For Patents

    Perhaps you’ve heard that Microsoft is about to re-enter the smartphone fray with their new Windows Phone 7 phones in a few weeks. While Microsoft’s unique mobile OS makes it an interesting entry into the space, there is no shortage of thought that they may already be too late to a market dominated recently by Google, Apple, and RIM. And since Microsoft’s strategy for the… Read More

  • Steve Ballmer says Microsoft is 'hardcore' about tablet computers

    Steve Ballmer says Microsoft is 'hardcore' about tablet computers

    No worries, guys, because Microsoft is “hardcore” about tablets. Well, “hardcore” about Windows 7-based slate computers. So said Steve Ballmer at its Worldwide Partners Conference in Seattle. Microsoft says that its big strength here is that it consumers will have a wide variety of choice when it comes to buying a Windows-based tablet. That’s opposed, of course, to… Read More

  • Mozilla Engineer Writes Steve Ballmer; Promptly Takes Foot Out Of Mouth

    Mozilla Engineer Writes Steve Ballmer; Promptly Takes Foot Out Of Mouth

    Mozilla platform engineer Rob Sayre has probably had better ideas. Hoping Microsoft might allow Firefox on their new Windows Phone 7 Series, Sayre wrote an open letter this morning to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “Hola, amigo. I know it’s been a long time since I rapped at ya,” is how it starts. He then proceeds to make fun of Windows Phone 7 Series, the iPhone, Cocoa Touch… Read More

  • Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer On “Moving The Needle”

    Last week we showed the highlights and 10+ minutes of video footage of an exclusive hour-long TechCrunch interview with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Now for the rest of that interview. The video was just a teaser. I spoke with Ballmer for another 50 minutes on the record, doing a deeper dive into five key areas of Microsoft’s product strategy: Big Opportunities, Operating… Read More

  • D7 Buzz: Bartz And Ballmer Meeting This Morning

    When Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz suggested yesterday at the D7 conference that she would consider doing a deal with Microsoft for “boatloads of money,” she might have been doing more than just answering a hypothetical question. It could have been an opening salvo. If the late-night buzz I heard at the conference is correct, Bartz is meeting this morning with Microsoft CEO Steve… Read More

  • Ballmer says change coming to Xbox, Zune

    Ballmer says change coming to Xbox, Zune

    MS CEO Steve Ballmer was in town (NYC) this week for the McGraw-Hill media conference and the large, sweaty and angry man from Redmond revealed some interesting news about his companies most profitable and least profitable hardware offerings. It’s unclear what Ballmer means when he said there’s a real opportunity for the Xbox to be “more than a console” but something… Read More

  • Peter Moore: Day Two

    Peter Moore: Day Two

    I’m getting all wrapped up in this interview with Peter Moore over at The Guardian. In today’s second part, he recounts his transition from the demise of the Dreamcast to his eventual move over to Microsoft. Seems he held some resentment against Sony PR for getting in the way of his Dreamcast plans. Read More

  • Steve Ballmer: Be grateful that you can downgrade from Vista to XP

    Steve Ballmer: Be grateful that you can downgrade from Vista to XP


    Flickr’d Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says that consumers should be happy that they have the choice to downgrade from Vista to XP. (Remember, XP retail sales are set to end on June 30.) “I don’t know how you can do better than getting both,” says Ballmer, no doubt pained by all the reports that Vista isn’t so hot (to put it lightly), and that companies like Dell… Read More

  • Ballmer hints at extended Windows XP shelf life

    Ballmer hints at extended Windows XP shelf life

    Will Microsoft extend the life of Windows XP after all? Steve Ballmer told reporters today that “If customer feedback varies, we can always wake up smarter,” according to the Associated Press. He conceded that most of the customers who are still buying XP are IT departments but said that “most people who buy PCs today buy them with Vista. That’s the statistical… Read More

  • Ballmer gets immortalized with a Zune Original design

    Ballmer gets immortalized with a Zune Original design

    This is how you know you’ve made it. That tattoo of Clippy is pretty awesome, too. Zune Originals ‘Ballmer’ Frigtard [iPhone Savior] Thanks Rymon! Read More

  • Link: 'Ten Absolutely Stupid Quotes By Steve Ballmer'

    Link: 'Ten Absolutely Stupid Quotes By Steve Ballmer'

    Oh Ballmie. Poor Ballmie. Always getting hassled by the media. Some of these quotes are pretty funny, though. My favorites include: 3. "Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches." 7. "Google’s not a real company. It’s a house of cards." and 8. "There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get… Read More

  • iWhack Ballmer On Your iPhone

    iWhack Ballmer On Your iPhone

    This is just silly, but definitely worth trying out if you have an iPhone. After all, you probably don’t like MS, so whacking Ballmer Whac-A-Mole style has got to tickle your fancy. Try it out and let us know if it really works. iWhack Read More

  • Lost In Translation: Europe Could Still Get Zune's This Year

    Lost In Translation: Europe Could Still Get Zune's This Year

    This should be a lesson to you all. Find someone that actually reads and speaks the language before you go spouting off that Microsoft will not ship Zune’s to Europe in 2007. It’s not to say that it will actually happen, but do you see how quickly the Interwebs light up at such news? This is what Ballmer really said when he was asked about Zune’s being launched in… Read More

  • Bill Gates Likes To Lie About Vista

    Bill Gates Likes To Lie About Vista

    Earlier today, Bill Gates went on the Vista offensive saying that the new OS has been “well received.” That’s funny, I could have sworn earlier in the week, CEO Steve Ballmer was flipping out over piracy and slow Vista sales. Gates says PC manufacturers have embraced Vista and it’s currently helping boost sales for companies. True, but what about regular… Read More

  • Microsoft's Ballmer Blames Poor Vista Sales On Piracy

    Microsoft's Ballmer Blames Poor Vista Sales On Piracy

    Must suck to be Steve Ballmer right now. The Microsoft CEO has again gone on an insane tirade saying that slowing Vista sales are due to rampant piracy. With Vista sales forecasts overreached and plenty of issues plaguing the OS, Ballmer went on the offensive saying: “Piracy reduction can be a source of Windows revenue growth, and I think we’ll make some piracy improvements… Read More

  • Breaking: Steve Ballmer Spotted Naked At Gym

    Breaking: Steve Ballmer Spotted Naked At Gym

    So this summer my friend “James Cagney” was interning at Microsoft in Redmond, WA. He had lots of cool and amusing stories of the shit that went down there. But he’s back in Philadelphia now and just told me his pal spotted Ballmer naked at the gym. At first I was taken back by the horror, but managed to pull myself together and get more details. Aside from going on huge… Read More