And Trust Me, We Know All About Press Releases. Vista Was a Press Release for 6 Years.
When Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told a departing Microsoft employee that he would “f*****g kill Google,” he forgot to mention that he planned to take his sweet time doing it.
Because here we are three years later, a few days after Google announced Android–an open mobile platform that could mean trouble for Windows Mobile, Google’s trading around $700, Microsoft’s trading around $35, and Ballmer–well, Ballmer’s doing what he’s done for years now: disputing the notion that Google has made any gains against Microsoft.
In Tokyo to preside over the launch of Microsoft’s new Windows Live services, Ballmer said he still doesn’t see Google as much of a threat to Microsoft’s loss-making online services business. “Google is not ahead of us,” he told reporters, adding “in the area of search specifically, Google would lead.”
And what of the mobile-platform market and Google’s designs on it? Surely, the impressive membership of the search giant’s Open Handset Alliance is cause for some concern. Not at all. The mobile-platform market is “Microsoft’s world” and Google’s Android platform is vaporware. “…We have great momentum, we’ve brought our Windows Mobile 6 software to market, we’re driving forward on our future releases and we’ll have to see what Google does,” said Ballmer. “Right now they have a press release, we have many, many millions of customers, great software, many hardware devices and they’re welcome in our world.”
Apparently, Ballmer hasn’t seen Android’s rumored first app., yet.