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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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iPad and Microsoft
By Argon18 on 1/30/2013 10:59:47 AM , Rating: -1
Interesting comment about Office on iPad. It's Microsoft using their 800lb gorilla monopoly status again, to prevent iPad from gaining any corporate market share. With the massive volume of iPad's sold already (and still being sold), the market and the demand is clearly there. But Microsoft knows that Office on iPad would be a PC killer in certain segments.

Imagine workers that could have their Outlook, Word, Excel, etc. all on a sleek portable tablet with 10+ hour battery. Perfect for conference rooms, airplanes, etc. Traveling sales and account managers would love it.

But that would initiate a big corporate shift away from Microsoft operating systems. And Steve-o doesn't want that. So instead, he stifles innovation, and traps people with vendor lock-in to the Microsoft ecosystem, using proprietary file formats and proprietary networking protocols, to ensure that no other OS can interact with a Microsoft ecosystem. Two thumbs down!




RE: iPad and Microsoft
By ritualm on 1/30/2013 11:28:04 AM , Rating: 2
I'd rather Microsoft never releases a bona fide Office suite for the iPad so we can keep giving Tony Swash hell for their "industry leading" tablet being wholly unsuitable for enterprise and institutional use.


RE: iPad and Microsoft
By Jeffk464 on 1/30/2013 1:40:11 PM , Rating: 2
Can't you use web based office suites?


RE: iPad and Microsoft
By nikon133 on 1/30/2013 4:03:08 PM , Rating: 2
Office 365 should work fine, to my knowledge.


RE: iPad and Microsoft
By TakinYourPoints on 1/30/2013 11:29:49 AM , Rating: 2
There's been a lot of flipping and flopping regarding Office for iPad. Last month it was "Office is coming in 2013", now its "no comment".

Microsoft wants to sell the Surface, they want to sell operating systems. The thing is that MS is a multi-headed hydra with divisions in competition with one another.

The Office division trades with Windows as the most profitable for Microsoft, so the question is which side wins: getting Office on the iPad (guaranteed sale on a significant percentage of over 100 million iPads) or holding it back in hopes of boosting the sales of Surface?


RE: iPad and Microsoft
By Pirks on 1/30/2013 12:20:56 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Imagine workers that could have their Outlook, Word, Excel, etc. all on a sleek portable tablet with 10+ hour battery. Perfect for conference rooms, airplanes, etc. Traveling sales and account managers would love it.
That's why they buy Surface RT, idiot.


RE: iPad and Microsoft
By Jeffk464 on 1/30/2013 1:45:21 PM , Rating: 2
I don't get that, if I was using a productivity device for those situations I would rather have an ultrabook/macbook air. They are just as portable and a hell of a lot easier to actually do work on. Tablets seem like fun toys to me, stuff I basically use my phablet for.


RE: iPad and Microsoft
By Pirks on 1/30/2013 1:57:25 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Tablets seem like fun toys to me
Not so fun when you snap touch cover onto it and start typing in your Excel 2013. Only work there, and no fun.
quote:
They are just as portable
Lies, they are thicker and heavier than Surface RT and with worse battery life to boot.


RE: iPad and Microsoft
By jeffkro on 1/30/2013 2:20:38 PM , Rating: 2
Mostly because of Intel, if you made an rt ultra book it would be the same battery life and lower weight.


RE: iPad and Microsoft
By Pirks on 1/30/2013 3:33:58 PM , Rating: 2
Yah it's called Asus Vivo Tab, better battery life than iPad, priced low at $500, runs Intel with full Windows 8, can take any BT kbd and mouse you throw at it, so its two devices in one. If you don't like separate BT kbd/mouse then take something like ATIV Smart PC 500 with snap-in kbd/touchpad. It is still Intel and still thinner/lighter than ultrabook, and with full Windows 8 with no restrictions like in RT. No need for your heavy/thick ultrabooks with dismal battery life.


RE: iPad and Microsoft
By Pirks on 1/30/2013 2:14:23 PM , Rating: 2
And if they need Outlook they'll buy a $500 Clover Trail device instead of Surface RT, like Asus Vivo Tab for example, a tablet and desktop OS with full Office 2013 or Office 365 suite in one small light device with a day or two of battery life.


RE: iPad and Microsoft
By Argon18 on 1/30/13, Rating: 0
RE: iPad and Microsoft
By Pirks on 1/30/2013 3:38:31 PM , Rating: 2
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100 Million iPads sold to date
Wow, the product that sells for like 3 years sold much more than product that's sold for like 2 months in a few MS stores in the US mostly. Wow, what a big news! Got anything less obvious to tell us, idiot?


RE: iPad and Microsoft
By nikon133 on 1/30/2013 4:07:36 PM , Rating: 2
Just let him go and feast on healthy Burger King, they sell hundreds of millions too.


RE: iPad and Microsoft
By Argon18 on 1/30/2013 5:25:33 PM , Rating: 2
Funny, I'll bet you said the same thing 2 months after Kin was released. Oh wait, Kin didn't even make it to two months before getting shelved. Lol. Enjoy your shiny Redmond toy while it lasts, as it'll end up in the rubbish bin of forgotten tech from yesteryear before you know it.

How does it feel being one of the retards who got suckered into this Surface trash? "Buyers Remorse" doesn't even begin to describe it, I'll bet. Is that why you're so angry? Lol, you mad? Although fanboy's like yourself are likely too stupid to realize how badly you've been ripped off. LMAO!


RE: iPad and Microsoft
By Pirks on 1/30/2013 8:05:15 PM , Rating: 2
Funny, I'll bet you said the same thing 2 months after Xbox was released. Is that why you're so angry? Or you just forgot about your pills again?


RE: iPad and Microsoft
By InsGadget on 1/31/2013 10:22:34 PM , Rating: 2
It's posts like this that make me wish I could hit "Not worth reading" just one more time ...


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