Microsoft's 'Head Coach'

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003


    Category: Opinion/Interviews
    Link: Microsoft's 'Head Coach'

    Description:: Microsoft's leader talks with PC Mag Español about Vista, Windows 7, the "cool" factor, his career, and motivational strategies and why "PCs are better than Macs."

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  2. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    The fact that he's having to persuade people to stay with products they already own (PCs and Windows) is IMO enough to show that their product lineup has failed...
  3. FlintAlt2 macrumors regular

    May 23, 2008
    Am I the only person who thinks this guy is a moron at giving interviews? He repeats himself well too much. " you know " gets a little excessive.

    I love when he says all the stuff which Macs don't have.

    I like his argument best though.. " Why is it that PC's sell 33-1 compared to Macs "

    I am sure Ford sells like 1,000,000 - 1 to Maserati. Does that make Ford cars better?

    Retard logic.
  4. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    Balmer is bright, so he knows this:

    PCs may outsell Macs 32-1 at the moment, but Macs are ourgrowing the industry 4-1.

    So next year it might only be 31.8-1, and the year after that it might be 31-1 and the year after that it might be 30-1 etc.

    Then Apple starts to become really dangerous. So he needs a strategy to halt Apple's growth, or increase Windows growth, or both.

    This is why he is defensive.
  5. shadowfax macrumors 603


    Sep 6, 2002
    Houston, TX
    Man, listening to that guy could convince me George W. Bush is a mensa.
  6. FF_productions macrumors 68030


    Apr 16, 2005
    Mt. Prospect, Illinois
    Ballmer brings up good points, and has nothing good to say about Apple, he must bring them down at every chance.

    The "Choice" argument is really the biggest one, the fact that you can't buy a Mac from Dell, or any other company, it's all exclusive to one company.

    Then Ballmer hits this one "You know, anyway—can you find the applications you want on the Mac? Well, you don't really get full Microsoft Office. " Who's fault is that?? Did Apple say "Please don't give us the full version, make it ****** like all the other software you guys write."

    At times in this interview he is very defensive, and at other times he brings up good points.

    But the fact remains the same, Apple is continuing to grow, obviously there are ways that they could grow much faster but Apple has their own agenda.
  7. 229dan229 macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Thanks very much, that has just made my day!!:)
  8. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    You can't buy Audi from BMW, it's all exclusive to one company. Just as Mac has no right to be the property of any other company.

    Microsoft has very successfully created a market where hardware and software are disjoint parts and you have choice in one and not in the other.

    This is unusual and very little else works like this, computing certainly didn't before the PC. All the big players (DEC, IBM, Cray) made systems (which comprised of hardware and software) that were sold as a product. Due to Microsoft's huge success, this has shaped consumer expectation of how the market works.

    Really there is only choice in the PC market on a hardware level, there's only recently been any software choice. It's an illusion of choice when really whatever choice you pick you inevitably end up “choosing” Microsoft.

    It is the generic PC eco-system which is out of kilter with the rest of the world, not Apple. You can choose to take or leave their products. It's sad Apple barely has any competitors doing the same thing, but it is certainly nothing to blame Apple for.

    What the industry (and Apple) needs is more companies who sell products with well integrated hardware and software. Software which is based on open standards and encourages interoperability.

    So come on HP (and others) make your own Operating Systems and give us all real choice, not faux choice. Until then, I will continue to buy Apple. Here's why:

    Microsoft's agenda is “Windows everywhere”
    Apple's agenda is “make the best personal computers in the world”

    It's not hard to work out which motivation produces the best products.
  9. Saladinos macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    Actually that's not true. There is no variety of experiences with device driver vendors. They exclusively suck. Those vendors knew about Vista for half a decade before it shipped and had regular contact and builds from Microsoft, yet there are still incompatibilities.

    Ooh, careful there. I wouldn't go bashing Macs in business environments with the kind of corporate adoption Vista's having.

    I thought this too when I switched. Turns out to be false. You can get pretty much anything on the Mac, and the applications tend to be higher quality.

    Mac Office is actually highly profitable for Microsoft, so I'm surprised to hear him tell all those potential customers that the product they're paying for isn't what they think it is. If the press noticed this comment, he'd have to issue a "clarification" within 48 hours.

    Doubt it. Dell started as a web-only OEM and got rich doing things that way. I think Apple started their stores because they gave people a chance to actually use the products properly. PC stores have password protections on the machines, Apple stores don't. You can go to any Apple store and use the computer as if it were your own. This is very important.

    The Apple store is also the fastest growing retail chain in any market worldwide. Other stores also really want to stock Apple products (see iPods, iPhones at Best Buy, Macs at PC World...etc). If Apple only wanted the stores because they couldn't get any others, why are they still growing?

    I used to work at an Apple store in London, and it was always busy. I think we had something like 200,000 customers a week. That was normal. If there was a major product launch, that figure could climb anywhere. The stores are a resounding success.

    It's not interesting at all - the people who don't like it won't buy it. I understand that's a concept Microsoft isn't used to.

    This guy really is full of it. That said, he's a marketing guy. What I like about Apple is that they're run with an engineering focus, not a marketing one. The marketing efforts are more subtle, and centre around the brand and the quality of the products. Microsoft's marketing materials almost never talk about the product.
  10. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002

    Both companies have been very successful at fulfilling their vision.
  11. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    I agree full-heartedly with Saladinos and FlintAlt2. Ballmer is way too full of himself. Microsoft is all about selling and market share, while Apple is about innovation and creativity. Both have their own unique niche market, but to be little Apple, well thats another story.

    Quoting FlintAlt2, I'd rather chose the faster and cooler car than a cheap rip off of a good car.

    Anyway, one thing Ballmer doesn't mention is that Mac is growing, and Linux is growing. But you only have 100% total, so who the heck is shrinking huh? His remark about Macs not getting the full version of Office, well let's think which dumb company wrote that software in the first place? I think Microsoft and it's CEO Steve Ballmer. Now that rings a familiar bell.... :D He claims there hasn't been a "cheap mac", well that just hints PCs are being cheap, since that is the base of comparison. So on one hand he's saying PCs are not cheap, but moderately priced, and on the other hand, he's saying it's cheap. :confused:

    With that being said, Vista is the worst OS I've seen. If you look past it's ram-hogging Aero GUI, it's nothing more than windows 2k with a new skin. the frame around the window is modern, but the content pane is still pre-21st century. And business? cmon, most businesses use Linux or Unix if they're serious. Windows is the punchline of a joke.

    One last thing, I know it's unorganized, but it's really late/early so I apologize. But why in 2007 when PCWORLD did a benchmark test to find the fastest Vista computer, it was a MacBook Pro? If Macs were as low end and shoddy in his views, why did the OS his company made run better and faster on a Mac?
  12. Ivan P macrumors 68030

    Ivan P

    Jan 17, 2008
    Wow, this guy is really...infuriating.

    What ticked me off the most was his comments about the iPhone in comparison to Windows Mobile. Alright, Windows Mobile is the second most successful cell phone platform, and the iPhone is fourth. But he has to remember Windows Mobile has been out a hell of a lot longer than the iPhone.

    That's like being stupid and saying the Xbox 360 sucks because in the two years it's been out it's sold less than the original Xbox*; it's just nonsensical. I bet in a few years the situation will be reversed, and that the iPhone will be beating the hell out of Windows Mobile.

    *not saying that the Xbox 360 doesn't suck... :p
  13. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    I would like this quote on Yet another reason not to upgrade to Office 2008.
  14. dukeblue91 macrumors 65816


    Oct 7, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    The title should have read Head Case instead of coach.

    But he's right little old Mac doesn't hurt MS! and I'm sure is the reason why they are going on an all out advertising counter attack.

    He really must think that everybody is stupid.
  15. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    Got to love the Safari Web Inspector.

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  16. FlintAlt2 macrumors regular

    May 23, 2008
    Comment of the Thread. Seriously that was genius. Made me laugh.
  17. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    In other words, he's saying that PCs that cost more than the cheapest Mac (new for $599 now, $499 at other times) aren't cheap either. But somehow they still sell!
  18. madmacmike macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2004
    Be he scared

    Does anyone on this planet not know that IBM have been testing Apple computers since Christmas 2007 and are very excited about the potential future of using macs, it only needs a couple of large pc manufacturers to stick their fingers up at Microsoft and ask for Apples operating system and the Windows empire would very quickly errode- perhaps the largest PC manufacturer in the world already has a licence for OSX and Microsoft are stopping them from using it? Who knows stranger things are happening these days just look at the banking system guys then you might see why Steve Balmer is not very excited about Apple- he cant say its better than Windows that would be like Ford admitting that VW made better vehicles
  19. MatLane macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2008
    England, United Kingdom

    100% agreed

    That's how i look at it.

    Microsoft are the ford or cheap car to the 'Bentley or top end porsche' which is where apple is.

    Windows, cheap, people like to go cheap

    Simple as that really

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