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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"So Apple is not in competition with Windows and every other PC manufacturer on the market?

Not really. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that that is a battle which they clearly lost back in the 1980s. With 3% market share or whatever, it's hard to really call them a competitor in the greater desktop market.

The Mac-owning community is a rather insular group. And thus the MacOSX market is a rather insular market. And that is where there is a burning need for competition in the hardware space.

That said, Apple knows that there's a sucker born every minute, and their Mac vs PC ads are intended to lure a few more suckers into their fold. To an extent, I supose that is "being in competition with windows". But the volume of converts is quite low. And it would be equally valid to consider it canvassing the crowd for well heeled patsies.

Your argument is ridiculous and your ad hominem attacks against Mac users only reaffirms that fact. Whether you like to believe it or not, Apple competes against the "greater desktop market."

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