Joshua Schnell, October 29, 2012
Never one to watch his words, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is at it again, but this time he’s telling anyone who will listen that people actually want the Microsoft Surface over the iPad, despite the Surface only being on the market for a couple of days. Taking a moment out of his busy day to speak with CNBC, Baller stated:
[quote]You can go through the products from all those guys … and none of them has a product that you can really use. Not Apple. Not Google. Not Amazon. Nobody has a product that lets you work and play that can be your tablet and your PC. Not at any price point.[/quote]
It’s hard to ask anything but, “Is he on drugs?”
The Surface is nice, and the new Windows RT UI is intriguing — we have to admit it, as painful as it may be. But the guy (Ballmer) just shipped his first real tablet to consumers, and he’s already claiming that none of the competition has a product that customers can actually use? Is he serious? Has he even left his office in Redmond over the last three or four years?
iPad sales rose 26 percent year over year, and earned Apple 7.5 billion dollars last quarter alone. If the market is any indication, the iPad is exactly what consumers are looking for at this point.
Plenty of CEOs have gone before the press and claimed they were releasing an iPad killer. Guess how many have walked away from that claim? Every. Single. One. Yet, here we are, another new tablet on the market, and another CEO going exactly where every other CEO has gone before him — delusion land.
Don’t get me wrong. The Surface with Windows RT is probably the most interesting device on the market not named iPad, but after only being out for a weekend now, and having never shipped a legitimate tablet before in its life, it’s time for Microsoft’s CEO to bite his tongue and wait for the people to vote with their dollars before talking smack at the competition.Follow @macgasm