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Slightly-more-restrained Ballmer refrains from yelling or chair throwing

It's been a big week for Microsoft Corp. (MSFT).  On Friday Windows 8 and the Surface tablet launched.  And on Monday Windows Phone 8 enjoyed a global launch.  And just like that, the world got a taste of Microsoft's all-inclusive next-generation platform.

Following yesterday's WP8 excitement, a new commercial for the smartphone OS has popped up on YouTube, narrated by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

In the video he pitches, "There's a lot of people in the world.  And they all have something to say.  Many have sort of advice.  So, so, so much advice.  Some of that advice is really useful... But there's one piece of advice I'd give to everyone.  That's me; and this MY Windows Phone."


The new phone showcases the HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) 8X, which irked some Nokia Oyj. (HEX:NOK1V) fans.  Quips one fan, "Steve can use his htc, but I'm going for the lumia 920, FINALLY! :P"

Still, most of the reaction seems positive thus far.

Steve Ballmer actually has quite a long history of pitching Microsoft products.  Years before becoming CEO he gave an infamous, highly entertaining commercial pitch to buy Windows 1.0.  He's grown a bit more restrained over the years, but he still loves make a pitch for the company he leads.

Source: YouTube



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RE: Steve Is a Salesman First and Foremost...
By Pirks on 10/30/2012 9:06:54 PM , Rating: 3
Surprisingly, in this video Ballmer is the _least_ nutty I saw him. He speaks very reasonable things like "why would I be bothered with Steve Job's opinion about our products when I have my customers? I'm only interested in the opinion of my customers, not the opinion of my competitors"

This is one of the smartest things he has ever said, you gotta admit, eh? Do you agree with him on that? If no, why?


By retrospooty on 10/31/2012 7:45:30 AM , Rating: 2
I agree, this is the least nutty I have seen him. I was more impressed when the interviewer asked to show hands who has iphones, ipods, then Mac's and a good amount of the crowd showed hands especially for ipods... It seemed like it was going to be an embarrassing moment for Ballmer, then he asks the crowd, "how many of you have Windows PC's" and nearly every hand in the building went up... Classic.


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