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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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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
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.
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.

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