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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by moleskine on Fri 31st Jul 2009 18:48 UTC
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I don't see this as anything more than a brief stab at talking up Microsoft's allegedly forthcoming bricks and mortar stores. Or maybe it isn't even that, just a vague promotional statement as the result of having seen some forthcoming stuff from Lenovo/Asus/HP et al.

Microsoft have always made their money from software, not from hardware, and it would be pretty risky for them to start sinking big big bucks into hardware (more, that is, than they do already with the XBox and PC peripherals). It is an entirely different business. Besides, if Microsoft do much more than dabble in hardware they risk enraging just about every large hardware maker out there, from Intel and HP to Dell to Asus, Lenovo and the Far East outfits. How many enemies does Microsoft plan to make?

So I think this comment was off-the-cuff stuff and has been overblown.

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