On Reuter’s Web site today, it’s reported that Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, has commented on Google’s Chrome (and Android, the Google mobile platform OS):
“I don’t know if they can’t make up their mind or what the problem is over there, but the last time I checked, you don’t need two client operating systems,” said Ballmer. “It’s good to have one.”
So what are you saying, Steve? That Windows 3, NT, 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, CE, and Mobile never happened, and that Windows 7 is the only product Microsoft has ever produced? Or that none of them are client systems? I guess that means my “Windows Remote Desktop” client is imaginary, and that the Windows CE thin clients and Windows Mobile smartphones in the building are likewise figments.
Apparently Wall Street is smarter than Mr. Ballmer thinks they are. The final line in the article reads:
“Microsoft shares fell 15 cents to $23.08 on Tuesday afternoon on the Nasdaq.”
(Reuters Reporting by Bill Rigby, editing by Matthew Lewis and Gerald E. McCormick)