CEO Ballmer (mis)speaks, Microsoft HQ clarifies

CEO Ballmer (mis)speaks, Microsoft HQ clarifies

Summary: There's something crazy about a CEO of a multibillion dollar corporation telling people one thing, and then the company having to clear up the misstatement later.

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There's something crazy about a CEO of a multibillion dollar corporation telling people one thing, and then the company having to clear up the misstatement later.

This is exactly what happened with Microsoft the other day. Speaking to developers at conference in Japan on May 23 CEO Ballmer had this to say (this is from the official transcript with emphasis added):

"We're obviously hard at work on the next version of Windows. Windows 7 PCs will sell over 350 million units this year. We've done a lot in Windows 7 to improve customer satisfaction. We have a brand new user interface. We've added touch, and ink, and speech. And yet, as we look forward to the next generation of Windows systems, which will come out next year, there's a whole lot more coming. As we progress through the year, you ought to expect to hear a lot about Windows 8. Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, a variety of different form factors."

Wow! That's exciting stuff! Windows 8 coming in 2012 and with it a load of new hardware! I'm jazzed. Tell me more, Microsoft!

But the excitment is short-lived. Pretty soon Microsoft HQ is correcting Ballmer's 'misstatement.'

"It appears there was a misstatement. We are eagerly awaiting the next generation of Windows 7 hardware that will be available in the coming fiscal year. To date, we have yet to formally announce any timing or naming for the next version of Windows."

Oh, OK ... that's boring. So basically we should ignore everything that the CEO 'announced' because it wasn't a 'formal announcement.' OK, right ... that makes sense ... NOT!

Confused messages don't help to keep everyone on the same page. It shouldn't be hard for a company like Microsoft to keep the message it gives out accurate and consistent.

Topics: Software Development, Microsoft

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  • This is what happens when you go on stage with an empty stomach

    especialy someone of his bulk! :)
    Will Pharaoh
    • What's the diff ?

      @Will Pharaoh Same thing happens everytime the president of that once great multi-trillion dollar country speaks
      archangel9999
  • RE: CEO Ballmer (mis)speaks, Microsoft HQ clarifies

    Translation: "Sorry PC makers, Stevie really didn't mean to freeze Win7 sales for the next year. He'll be a good boy now."
    TheLoneDeranger
  • RE: CEO Ballmer (mis)speaks, Microsoft HQ clarifies

    It's not like this is the very first time this CEO had to be muzzled by his own company for putting foot in mouth. Ballmer is a true salesman at heart, which means half the things coming out his mouth is pure *&$%.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGvHNNOLnCk&feature=related
    dave95.
    • Salesmen

      @dave95. ...only half?? ... LOL
      Jacdeb6009@...
  • RE: CEO Ballmer (mis)speaks, Microsoft HQ clarifies

    I hope to see you pick holes in every word spoken by other tech CEOs - just to show you are not bias!!
    RonanSail
    • Just to please....

      @RonanSail

      an insecure fan boy?

      Something news worthy happened and someone blogged about it. Get a life.
      Economister
      • RE: CEO Ballmer (mis)speaks, Microsoft HQ clarifies

        @Economister

        be nice now.
        josh92
    • RE: CEO Ballmer (mis)speaks, Microsoft HQ clarifies

      @RonanSail
      That won't happen. He'll give everyone else a free pass, but because this is Microsoft he's going to nitpick it.
      LoverockDavidson
      • Two insecure fan boys (nt)

        @LoverockDavidson

        NT
        Economister
    • RE: CEO Ballmer (mis)speaks, Microsoft HQ clarifies

      @RonanSail And let's not forget Apple's comforting promise to "fix" malware. What if my malware isn't broken?
      vizenos
  • Two words

    Vapor Ware<br><br>Come over to Linux and you'll never get mixed messages.<br>More choice and you can actually 'see' what's coming.

    Proprietary software? Well, they keep you in the dark as long as they see fit.
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, -*- Your Linux Advocate
    • You should go peddle your stories someplace else

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, -*- Your Lying Advocate

      Luckily, I now know of a third place that left the Linux world as people like you don't deliver what you promise, which makes you no different then those you claim give nothing but vaporware. Imagine that.
      Will Pharaoh
    • RE: CEO Ballmer (mis)speaks, Microsoft HQ clarifies

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, - that's baloney. Everyone announces stuff before it is released, including Linux. That was just a cheap shot.
      DevGuy_z
      • How much do you think proprietary software is costing you?

        @DevGuy_z <br>Open source is transparent. You can have any question answered with open source.<br><br>Proprietary is to a large extent, exploitative. That translates to costs you have no choice but to absorb.<br><br>That translates into a higher cost to consumers and businesses.<br><br>It doesn't have to be that way.<br>You have choices and answers with open source.<br><br>In the meantime, fly blind with proprietary.

        h-t-t-p://sciencecommons.org/about/towards/
        Dietrich T. Schmitz, -*- Your Linux Advocate
    • RE: CEO Ballmer (mis)speaks, Microsoft HQ clarifies

      @Dietrich - riiiiiiiight. I mean, it's not like every Linux vendor and enthusiast has been proclaiming every yer since Linux was released as The Year that Linux wipes out Microsoft, and that Microsft will be out of business within a few short months, right?
      bitcrazed
  • RE: CEO Ballmer (mis)speaks, Microsoft HQ clarifies

    This is not a big deal that you want it to be. He just had his terminology mixed up. Not a problem, everyone's done it before. As a CEO, he has a lot to keep up with. Don't try to make this out to be more than what it really is.
    LoverockDavidson
    • Talk about fanboy support

      @LoverockDavidson
      Ronansail said <i>I hope to see you pick holes in every word spoken by other tech CEOs - just to show you are not bias!!</i>

      Let me turn that slightly differently - When other CEOs have their "terminology mixed up" I want to see you come forward to defend them. After all it's "not a problem, everyone's done it before" and any CEO "has a lot to keep up with". So the next time Mark Shuttleworth, or Steve Jobs, or Mark Zuckerberg says something that turns out to be the slightest bit inaccurate, I <b>expect</b> you to come forward with your support.
      use_what_works_4_U
    • RE: CEO Ballmer (mis)speaks, Microsoft HQ clarifies

      @LoverockDavidson

      Well put.
      josh92
  • It shouldn't be hard for Microsoft to do a lot of things

    * Google before Google did Google
    * A credible MP3 player and service
    * A tablet anyone wants to buy (MS had tablets 10 years before iPad, but nobody bought them)

    etc
    HollywoodDog