Steve Ballmer vows Microsoft will do battle with Apple

by Doug Drinkwater

July 11 2012

Steve Ballmer vows Microsoft are 'not going to leave any space uncovered to Apple'
Steve Ballmer vows Microsoft are 'not going to leave any space uncovered to Apple'

Fresh from announcing the latest news on Windows 8 at a Microsoft conference in Toronto earlier this week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told reporters how the firm won’t be leaving ‘any space uncovered to Apple’.

Ballmer may be more known for his uncontrollable enthusiasm than Steve Jobs-like vow to destroy the competition, but nonetheless had stern words on Apple when speaking to CRN after the conference.

“We are trying to make absolutely clear that we are not going to leave any space uncovered to Apple,” said Ballmer. “Not in the consumer cloud, not hardware software innovation. We are not leaving any of that to Apple by itself. Not going to happen. Not on our watch”.

Ballmer went onto add that Microsoft is currently “working real hard on the Surface”, saying that the tablet will primarily be available from Microsoft retail stores and the website, although he did say that channel vendors could simply use the latter to order the Surface tablets.

The Microsoft CEO also hinted that a Microsoft-branded smartphone could well be on the horizon. “We’ll see what happens”, was his reaction when quizzed on the subject.

The next three months promises to be a busy time for the Redmond giant, what with launching the first Surface tablets, and releasing Windows 8 for manufacturing partners in August and for the general public in October.

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  • mgozaydin
    2 years 4 months ago

    Bill made a statement " tablets are not good for education "

    In Turkey we are providing 16 million tablets to K12 students + wonderful contents software+ enrichred etextbooks .

    Now opponents say " you see, even Bill GATES says tablets are not good for education " Do you thinkl it is fair .
    Should I get angry with Bill . I critisiced Bill in every occasion.
    But this time 1 million times more .

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