Ballmer: Dropbox is a "Fine Little Startup"
January 30, 2013 8:50 AM
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
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.
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.
"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet. A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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