Steve Ballmer Mocks iPhone-Toting Microsoft Employee

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  1. brent0saurus macrumors regular


    Feb 16, 2006
    Click here to read a quite amusing story about Steve Ballmer pretending to smash an iPhone owned by one of his employees.

    Also, if you have a Digg account, please Digg it! I'd love for this to hit the front page!
  2. Fizzoid macrumors 68020


    Jul 11, 2008
    Maybe he should focus his efforts on getting Windows Mobile to actually work! :rolleyes:
  3. bigjnyc macrumors 601


    Apr 10, 2008
    What a tool. At least bill gates was cool calm and Collected most of the time
  4. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006
    If anyone puts my iphone on the ground they will be the ones being stomped on!
  5. Kristenn macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2009
    I always found Steve Ballmer funny. Especially after seeing Pirates of Silicon valley. But sometimes he is a little to over the top!

    I do like how mellow Bill gates is though. He is a total nerd but he just seems really sweet :eek:
  6. theLimit macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2007
    up tha holler, acrost tha crick
    Non-digg/blog direct link. Why do people feel the need to have clicks routed through their crappy blog to get to a story?

    On topic: Ballmer is a raving maniac, but it sure is fun to watch him act like an ass.
  7. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    From what I can tell it is more not to Humiliate the guy but just to ralley the troops so to speak. Depending on how it was done a lot of people could see it as it was all in good fun.
  8. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    Steve Ballmer Mocks iPhone-Toting Microsoft Employee


    An alleged photo of Ballmer taken with the borrowed iPhone, courtesy of Engadget

    Techflash reports that Steve Ballmer playfully took an iPhone from an employee at a company meeting in Seattle yesterday and then pretended to destroy it:

    A couple of Microsoft employees mentioned this incident via Twitter:



    Article Link: Steve Ballmer Mocks iPhone-Toting Microsoft Employee
  9. Wotan31 macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
    How old is Ballmer? Either that's a really bad photo, or he's in his mid-80's now. Then again, the iPhone does have probably the s#!ttiest camera of any cell phone, ever.
  10. bigandy macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    Mocking a product that's not only well designed* but also very successful, while your own attempts in the market are as feeble and bin-worthy as theirs are is just a little dumb.

    But what else have we come to expect from good old Ballmer?

    * With lots of room for improvement, obviously
  11. polaris20 macrumors 68020

    Jul 13, 2008
    Look, I like Windows 7. I like Windows 2008 Server, a lot. But Windows Mobile is absolute dog poo. Worst mobile device OS available right now.

    Ballmer has no room for being angry at anyone but his own company for someone wanting to use an iPhone (or Blackberry, or Pre, or Android, or Symbian, which are all way better than WM6.1 and 6.5 Beta).
  12. big_malk macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2005
    At first I thought it was Balmer getting booed for what he was doing, but I assume it was the iPhone/employee that was getting booed?

    It would have been better if the employee was a member of the Windows Mobile team :D
  13. mocciat macrumors member


    Jul 11, 2008
    Northern California
    Well I guess "if you can't beat them mock them" is the new slogan at Microsoft. Funny thing is it takes Ballmer to "destroy" an iphone when Microsoft products destroy themselves.
  14. VenusianSky macrumors 65816


    Aug 28, 2008
    This is stupid. How is this macrumors news? Just sounds like he was trying to be silly.
  15. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

    Unspoken Demise

    Apr 16, 2009
    Ballmer doesnt really have to try at that.
  16. intrepid00 macrumors 6502

    Sep 28, 2008
    Don't be idiots. He was clearly joking around. I'm sure if Jobs had a sense of humor he'd do the same thing with a blackberry, pre or windows mobile phone.
  17. RaZaK macrumors regular


    Jul 13, 2008

    lol, big_malk FTW :D
  18. bigmc6000 macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2006
    Nah, they wouldn't have hired stupid people in the first place ;)
  19. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Hartford, CT
    Exactly, I think this was just normal office type joking around, and because of the interwebz Apple vs MS feud, they played it up.
  20. guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    I'll admit, it was a little stupid for the employee to bring in a competing product, especially if you're taking a picture of YOUR BOSS with it.

    On the other hand, if I were Steve Ballmer, I'd think why would one of my employees want a rival's product instead of our own & try to make my own product better rather than bashing the rival product.
  21. mrbrown macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2004
    Ozark, Missouri
    You know, this reminds me of something Southwest Airline's cofounder used to do - he frequently took competitors' planes. Why? He wanted to see what they were doing right and wrong.

    Couldn't the same be said about a Microsoft employee with an iPhone or an Apple employee with a Blackberry or WinMo device?
  22. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    i'm not surprised by his behavior. in fact, i'm surprised that he didn't smash it
  23. RoboCop001 macrumors 65816

    Oct 4, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    Consider, if you will, Godzilla.

    He merely attempts to taste what is good and what is bad about the cities.

    And then creates his own city afterward.

    If they had let him.

    Why! Why can't they just let him build his city! .... a city of super lizards! WITH ATOMIC RAY EYES!? AND JELLEYBEAN DISPENSERS FOR EARS!!

    A man can dream....
  24. big_malk macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2005
    I'm sure Microsoft do buy rival products to examine and copy improve upon.
    But I doubt the employee deliberately bought an iPhone just so he could see what Apple is doing right and wrong with it. Plus, it says he's in the Windows team, not the Windows Mobile team.
    This does make me wonder if he has a Mac at home!
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