Home > Microsoft > Interview: Ballmer the Undaunted Interview: Ballmer the Undaunted Eugenia Loli 2004-04-07 Microsoft 6 Comments In a wide-ranging interview, Ballmer talked about the state of the tech industry, the company’s right to continue adding features to Windows and Microsoft’s transition from adolescence into adulthood. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 6 Comments 2004-04-07 8:14 pm “Is it OK that Netscape is out of business? I think so.” The Microsoft way of doign business in full swing… “There has never been a platform more open than ours, as evidenced by the fact that there has never been a platform on which people have written more applications or supported more devices.” Isn’t that the consequence of: 1) no “real” choice of other platforms leading to 2) a monopoly Anyway Mr Ballmer in all glory.. 2004-04-07 10:06 pm You can make an argument from the open-source side that– No, no, nobody can make the argument that open source is actually more open and sensitive to encourage more third-party innovation. He’s rather sensitive about those two words. The interviewer didn’t even finish the sentence. I think the interviewer had tongue in cheek for this interview, as anyone who has ever met a Microsoft manager (not employee mind you) at any level will know. 2004-04-08 2:48 am of IBM in full swing during the early nineties in relation to OS/2, and their expectation that people would just naturally buy IBM. At the time, I kept muttering to myself when listening to them, “Okay, you’e got the better product by far, how about you just de-bureaucratise and open up a bit more, and you’ll sweep the floor.” But no, they were the king of the world as they saw themselves, and couldn’t imagine anything different – with the results that were rather sadly inevitable. Ballmer’s exactly the same as those managers, those salespeople. Now IBM’s changed and it’s a lot nicer to deal with. I expect Microsoft will need the same sort of near-death experience before they change their ways. 2004-04-08 8:38 am “Sure, it is always nice to be first, but it is essential to have the best offering.” From Ballmer’s words it is obvious that Microsoft doesn’t think that innovation from Microsoft is important. He cannot mention one thing where Microsoft was the first and which is successful now. Must be pretty boring to work for such a company. I gues they pay their employees really well. 2004-04-08 10:31 am “I wish the EU had had more deference for the U.S. regime, as set forth not only in the consent decree, but also in the pronouncements of the court.” That remark shows an interesting assumption that the EU should in some way be subservient to the US. 2004-04-08 7:35 pm “I wish the EU had had more deference for the U.S. regime, as set forth not only in the consent decree, but also in the pronouncements of the court.” He actually called a regime?