Steve Ballmer comments on Google’s Chrome OS

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)

By icesnake

Icesnake, known to Law Enforcement the world over as Rich Tietjens, retired from the US Army in 1992 and has spent the intervening years attempting to die with the most gadgets, and thus, win. To this end, he has written software both as a freelance programmer and a paid consultant, tested network products and built driver disks for Intel, operated a Web hosting service for ten years, built more personal computers than any sane man would ever want, collected seven cats, and finally settled down in Oregon as the Information Technology Training Coordinator (fancy talk for "help desk and PC tech") for a small manufacturing firm. Rich started playing Dungeons and Dragons in 1976 and has never given up the RPG habit, progressing through Diablo, Everquest, Asheron's Call, Diablo 2, and World of Warcraft. Most evenings you can find him on Trollbane-US playing his mage, Icesnake - who is an Engineer and is trying to collect all the cool gadgets in Greater Azeroth... And so it goes.

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