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Ballmer isn't too concerned with Dropbox's 100 million user installbase

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has never been afraid to say what he thinks, even if what he thinks happens to be more than a little condescending towards competing companies. The last six months has been significant for Microsoft in that it has launched its latest Windows 8 operating system and more recently launched its Office 365 productivity suite. So far, sales for Windows 8 in the new computer market have been less than impressive and Microsoft is struggling with its Surface RT tablet.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently conducted an interview with Bloomberg where he talked about Dropbox, the cloud storage service, and other competing services. When Ballmer was asked about Dropbox and how Microsoft's own cloud-storage service SkyDrive would compete, Ballmer became condescending.
Bloomberg asked how Microsoft planned to compete when it was late to the cloud-storage market and Dropbox already has 100 million users. Ballmer said, "Well, you’ve got to remember, 100 million sounds like a pretty small number to me, actually. We’ve got a lot more Office users. And actually if you even want to go to the cloud, we have a lot of Hotmail and SkyDrive users. I’m not beating on Dropbox. They’re a fine little startup and that’s great."

Ballmer famously mocked the iPhone upon its introduction

Moving to Office, despite the fact that Microsoft already has 1 billion users of the productivity suite, Ballmer still believes that number will grow. Microsoft is betting big that its subscription component of Office 365 will further drive adoption.

And with regards to offering an Office app on the iPad, Ballmer simply said that he has "Nothing to say on that topic." Ballmer did point out that Microsoft has ways for people to get to Office through a browser, which is how iPad users are able to use Office.

Source: Bloomberg

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365 boosting adoption? lol
By blueaurora on 1/30/2013 10:42:44 AM , Rating: 2
Fatal flaw right there. After launch day I lost two sales of 2013 or 365 due to them not allowing the three user option of 149.99. They have forced users into either double paying or triple paying 139.99 just to get office on a home desktop and their laptop that they travel with when two days ago they got it for 149.99. Who wants to pay 99.99 dollars a year... very few.

Windows 8 is okay... Office 2013's model just planted the white flag over Redmond. The bell tolls for thee.

RE: 365 boosting adoption? lol
By Jeffk464 on 1/30/2013 1:50:46 PM , Rating: 2
Personally I don't get why any casual user still uses MS office. I moved myself and others first of Open Office, and now to google docs a long time ago. MS Office is only needed for people that need 100% compatibility with their workplace.

RE: 365 boosting adoption? lol
By bodar on 1/31/2013 2:37:52 AM , Rating: 2
The latest LibreOffice is quite good as well.

RE: 365 boosting adoption? lol
By nikon133 on 1/30/2013 4:00:23 PM , Rating: 3
5 devices for $100 a year ($20 per device a year) is not bad offer for Office 365, I think. Yes you pay per year, but how many years do you have to pay to reach price of retail Office Pro? You would replace your retail copy before that anyway.

By johnsmith9875 on 2/5/2013 3:47:08 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I didn't think Office could get any uglier until I saw Office 2013.

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