Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jan 2010 23:12 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft has no plans to pull out of China, its chief executive said on Thursday, playing down concerns about recent cyber-attacks and censorship raised by rival Google Inc. "There are attacks every day. I don't think there was anything unusual, so I don't understand," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told Reuters after a meeting on modernizing government services at the White House.
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RE[2]: Ballmer is balmy
by markob on Fri 15th Jan 2010 09:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Ballmer is balmy"
markob
Member since:
2005-07-06

What's funny is - his "I don't understand" statements, while perhaps perfectly valid, really just make him sound stupid and uninformed.

Not trying to bash, but just SOUND stupid? While Gates as CEO was respected by most people (and still is), even by those who dislike Microsoft for any reason, Ballmer is a joke, very unprofessional and has many times shown he has no understanding and knowledge about technology, he's just an over ignorant PR figure doing nothing for Microsof but harm. I was shocked by his statement but at the same time not so shocked as "nothing new" crossed my mind.

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RE[3]: Ballmer is balmy
by Karitku on Fri 15th Jan 2010 18:13 in reply to "RE[2]: Ballmer is balmy"
Karitku Member since:
2006-01-12

"What's funny is - his "I don't understand" statements, while perhaps perfectly valid, really just make him sound stupid and uninformed.
Not trying to bash, but just SOUND stupid? While Gates as CEO was respected by most people (and still is), even by those who dislike Microsoft for any reason, Ballmer is a joke, very unprofessional and has many times shown he has no understanding and knowledge about technology, he's just an over ignorant PR figure doing nothing for Microsof but harm. I was shocked by his statement but at the same time not so shocked as "nothing new" crossed my mind. "
I think you are totally wrong. If I would be shareholder I would be glad that CEO of company says they are gonna stay in most growing market in earth when the biggest competitor is leaving that place. But I doubt Google is actually leaving, too much opportunity to lose for such small PR win. Like I say those people who truly want to save world, just shoot yourself you only gonna harm the planet.

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RE[4]: Ballmer is balmy
by Ikshaar on Fri 15th Jan 2010 19:27 in reply to "RE[3]: Ballmer is balmy"
Ikshaar Member since:
2005-07-14

I think you are totally wrong. If I would be shareholder I would be glad that CEO of company says they are gonna stay in most growing market in earth when the biggest competitor is leaving that place. But I doubt Google is actually leaving, too much opportunity to lose for such small PR win. Like I say those people who truly want to save world, just shoot yourself you only gonna harm the planet.

If China is stealing their IP, how long do you think the shareholders are going to like it... get real, Google said something because it was good PR AND it was needed to stop the stealing of their IP.

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RE[4]: Ballmer is balmy
by Ed W. Cogburn on Sat 16th Jan 2010 15:28 in reply to "RE[3]: Ballmer is balmy"
Ed W. Cogburn Member since:
2009-07-24

I would be glad that CEO of company says they are gonna stay in most growing market in earth when the biggest competitor is leaving that place.



Google isn't the biggest search engine in China. They only had 25%. China's homegrown (naturally) version, Baidu, I think its called, is the leader.

MS will not gain anything in the Chinese search market for the same reason that Google didn't: the Chinese won't allow it.

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