Balmer's stupid quote on the iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Genesiscreative, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. Genesiscreative macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2009
    Is it just me, or is this an insanely stupid statement, especially given the fact the guy runs Microsoft, biggest software company (for now) in the world. Found online.

    "Let's face it, the Internet was designed for the PC. The Internet is not designed for the iPhone," Ballmer said. "That's why they've got 75,000 applications -- they're all trying to make the Internet look decent on the iPhone."
  2. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    Ballmer is extremely narrow minded. He was very skeptical about the iPhone when it was announced, and now it has topped consumer satisfaction surveys.

    His short sightedness is a burden on Microsoft.
  3. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2008
    I'm not sure he realizes that the internet came out forty years before the iPhone.
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    the Mac is a PC and the iPhone was designed for the internet, not the other way around.
  5. Genesiscreative thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2009
    Found this quote on Yahoo Finance by the way. It's real.
  6. jbanger macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2009
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    And as the head of a large company, he's trying to marginalize the competition. Standard procedure.

    Yes, the man is a buffoon, but he didn't get to be the head of M$ for being a clown, don't think he's not intelligent. Other companies are continually to diminish the iPhone. Just look at the recent droid commericals.

    I don't take this personally, because, I don't work for apple, apple is a multibillion dollar corporation that can handle itself and personally, I have bigger problems to worry about then some bozo spouting off about the intarweb
  8. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    Lets be honest. Balmer is a complete idiot. If he says something is wrong with the iPhone.. it's something right. Lets just enjoy watching him sink an already bad ship. :D
  9. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    CEOs sometimes say dumb things.

    Like that other CEO who claimed that allowing third party native applications would be dangerous... that a single bad one could take down the whole network.

    He said that instead, developers should be happy creating web apps. He even suggested that writing crippled apps like that would be "sweet!"


    He was almost right. It turned out that his own OS update almost brought down the network.
  10. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
    He's Ballmer.:rolleyes: He spouts nonsense, ever saying that the iPhone was over-priced and would never make it. How far has it gone now.
  11. trssho macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2009
    He is right!

    It is true that the WWW does display better on my 24" monitor than my 3.5" iphone, but does that mean Apple or Microsoft should build a phone with a 24" screen?
  12. Genesiscreative thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2009
    I think all of his comments are based out of fear, not fact, because he knows the iPhone rocks. Secretly he wishes MS could be as dynamic and progressive as Apple, I'm sure. What kills me, doesn't he realize that educated people know better? The days of smokescreening are over man.
  13. marzy macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2007
    He didn't "get" any where. He was with Microsoft from the beginning. The man is a crazy idiot.
  14. STEVESKI07 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Washington, DC
    And that bad ship is Microsoft? Haha...only in your dream world where the only jobs are graphic designers and movie editors would Microsoft go down. You forget, real businesses rely on Microsoft, and this nation relys on real businesses. Mac's are pretty though, I'll give you that.
  15. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
    That is one phone I'll never buy.
  16. nealric macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2009
    I think he is absolutely right:

    The internet was designed for full size computers, not smartphones. Webpages are set up for big monitors, full-size keyboards, and mice. It's always going to be a challenge to interface with on smartphones.
  17. Genesiscreative thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2009
    it's too bad they do rely on MS. As a graphic artist who works with many business owners, I can't even begin to add up the cost to my clients from lost productivity due to viruses, machines crashing, data loss, etc. on their windows boxes. I've now come to rely heavily on my iPhone for my own business, including but not limited to communication and Internet tethering when I'm out of the office.

    The point is, iPhones and macs work well, and are highly reliable. This has been the case since day one, the same can not be said for MS. This is why the iPhone continues to dominate the smart phone market.
  18. mags631 Guest

    Mar 6, 2007
    Never underestimate our uncanny bias towards saving a nickel now at the risk of paying a dollar in the future.
  19. bstpierre macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2008
    Actually the internet was designed for command line interfaces but it has adapted as new hardware has come along.
  20. STEVESKI07 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Washington, DC
    There aren't many viruses that attack Mac's because there is more valuable information in PC's. If you were a hacker, would you go after businesses and try to steal important information that is valuable? Or would you prefer to hack into someone's Mac and steal all their photographs?

    Besides that, the company I have worked for over 2 years now has never had an issue with viruses or computers crashing and losing data. Maybe the problem is the companies your dealing with lack a professional IT team? The solution to that would be to get some qualified individuals running your IT and security team, not switching to a Mac.
  21. ProfDrSilver macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2009
    TO, ON, CA
    QFT! :) Mind you... he could he been a bit more sensitive.... :D

    Also... getting the entire internet to display properly on whatever device is gonna take a little while....
  22. lulla01 macrumors 68020


    Jul 13, 2007

    i laughed at him this morning i do like balmer tho
  23. ngenerator macrumors 68000


    May 12, 2009
    USG Ishimura
    True, he does make me feel sane, and that's no small task! :D
  24. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    He lived on the same floor as Bill Gates in college.

    This theoretical encounter might not be too far fetched: ;)

    Monkey boy: make me ceo or i'll throw this chair at you
    Bill: normally I would hire someone qualified but getting my brain smashed up probably isn't great for me so you got it
    Monkey boy: and I can still be a clueless clown
    Bill: that's not good for business, we don't sell used cars
    Monkey boy: I still got the chair, put the clown phrase in the contract!
    Bill: ok you win

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