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Fizzoid

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

bigjnyc

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What a tool. At least bill gates was cool calm and Collected most of the time
 

Kristenn

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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:
 

Rodimus Prime

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Oct 9, 2006
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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.
 

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Steve Ballmer Mocks iPhone-Toting Microsoft Employee




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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:

As the story goes, it happened when Ballmer was making his big entrance -- slapping hands, running around, and generally whooping things up, as is his tradition at these events. That was when he spotted someone at field level, allegedly a member of the Windows group, using an iPhone to take his picture. Ballmer grabbed the Apple device from the employee and made some funny remarks as everyone booed. Then he put it on the ground and pretended to stomp on it, before walking away.

A couple of Microsoft employees mentioned this incident via Twitter:

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Article Link: Steve Ballmer Mocks iPhone-Toting Microsoft Employee
 

Wotan31

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Jun 5, 2008
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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.
 

bigandy

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Apr 30, 2004
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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
 

polaris20

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Jul 13, 2008
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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).
 

big_malk

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Aug 7, 2005
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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
 

mocciat

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Jul 11, 2008
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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.
 

intrepid00

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Sep 28, 2008
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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.
 

RaZaK

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well-played...

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


lol, big_malk FTW :D
 

NT1440

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May 18, 2008
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This is stupid. How is this macrumors news? Just sounds like he was trying to be silly.

Exactly, I think this was just normal office type joking around, and because of the interwebz Apple vs MS feud, they played it up.
 

guzhogi

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Aug 31, 2003
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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.
 

mrbrown

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Mar 27, 2004
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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.

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?
 

RoboCop001

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Oct 4, 2005
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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?

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....
 

big_malk

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Aug 7, 2005
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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?

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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