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Ballmer changes tune while dancing around Apple’s success

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Kasper Jade & Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, who’s watched his company’s PC business come under immense pressure from Apple, used a forum this week to discount the Mac maker’s potential for future share gains and designate its mobile phone business as a doomed initiative that will “lose out” in the long run.

Ballmer changes tune while dancing around Apple’s success

  • Jesse

    I see there’s a co-author. I doubt you called MicroSoft a “PC business,” am I right?

  • hodari

    4.3% enterprise market capture by MAC! what a joke. Where ?. Having a mac desktop/laptop in an office does not mean you have taken over enterprise arena. The back end is still running either windows/LINUX/SOLARIS, exchange/domino, microsoft share point, MS SQL SERVER or ORACLE, SAP – Most of the major enterprise applications have been developed either for J2EE or .NET Platform Period. Even theserverside.net has admitted that development on J2EE platform has dropped compared to .NET.

    As for Windows Mobile, Microsoft will open up the platform. It is a matter of time. NOKIA has already opened up SYMBIAN and has licenced Exchange Client. As developers we already have access to the WINCE OS which is the core platform that Win Mobile runs on it. No non sense about NDA etcs and being told your application is not good enough for us!.

    The MAC and IPHONE/ITUNE etc have there respective places and so does LINUX/SOLARIS and Windows and ORACLE and MS SQL SERVER and EXCHANGE and DOMINO. We cannot have one comapany and one software fit evey one’s need. We need choices. I made mine when DOS was released when I switched from CPM and than I swithced again to OS2 and again to Windows and I am staying on WINDOWS for the time being.

  • http://home.comcast.net/~daguy daGUY

    “Ballmer similarly argued that Apple will fail to see further Mac share gains or make strides in the enterprise market because it won’t license the Mac OS to third-party hardware vendors.”

    Why? Apple’s growth is already accelerating tremendously, far outpacing any other PC makers (40% growth year-over-year, vs. the rest of the PC market which has stayed flat) – and this is *without* having to license the Mac OS! Now is the time that it makes the LEAST amount of sense to do so, not the most.

  • HawkBlade

    hodari – I hate to break it to you, but we have had 3 clients, each around 25+ people in their office and they went FULL MAC. I heard another of our lawyers say he had another thinking very seriously about doing the same. Even when someone asks me what kind of computer to get, I usually point them to a MAC. Most times is pictures, email and internet they want to do. And paying a bit more, as I tell others, would you rather pay a little bit more now (even a Mini is 500-600 bucks) and be able to still use it for a few more years than a regular PC? Plus all the other headaches… ;) So, yea, I can see them between iPhone and like our 3 small clients and a mid-size corp about to do the same, I can see the 4% increase.

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