Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 31st Jul 2009 12:13 UTC
Microsoft With Apple doing really, really well, and with Microsoft having its first sets of negative figures since the company's founding, Microsoft CEO points his arrows towards Cupertino. In a talk to members of the press and analyst community, Ballmer talked about Microsoft vs. Apple.
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Comment by Stephen!
by Stephen! on Fri 31st Jul 2009 13:41 UTC
Stephen!
Member since:
2007-11-24

If Microsoft seems to dislike Apple, why do they develop software for them, such as MS Office for Mac?

Particularly when Apple just openly mocks Microsoft anyway, such as the "Get A Mac" ads.

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RE: Comment by Stephen!
by Glynser on Fri 31st Jul 2009 13:53 in reply to "Comment by Stephen!"
Glynser Member since:
2007-11-29

To make money?

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RE[2]: Comment by Stephen!
by sbergman27 on Fri 31st Jul 2009 14:01 in reply to "RE: Comment by Stephen!"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

To make money?

To prop up a strawman desktop OS competitor in an attempt to ward off more antitrust action.

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RE: Comment by Stephen!
by middleware on Fri 31st Jul 2009 15:31 in reply to "Comment by Stephen!"
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2006-05-11

I heard two versions of stories, or perhaps just different aspects of the same story.

1) MS has agreement with Apple to provide Office on Mac.
2) In MS, the Office team is the one possessing the most independency from the Windows team, because, as a killer application, it is mutual dependent between the OS and the Office, rather than the one-way dependent relied on by other products. So the Office team makes some independent decision not to put all eggs in the basket of Windows. Some rumor says SQL Server or other killer products may plan for the same.

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