Steve Ballmer is awesome

Steve Ballmer is awesome

Summary: I was in the day 2 keynote at MIX08 today and it was one of the best keynotes I've seen. Guy Kawasaki was interviewing Steve Ballmer and in some cases, these things can be a total bomb, but Guy didn't pull any punches and Steve was a good sport and played along.

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Steve Ballmer is awesomeI was in the day 2 keynote at MIX08 today and it was one of the best keynotes I've seen. Guy Kawasaki was interviewing Steve Ballmer and in some cases, these things can be a total bomb, but Guy didn't pull any punches and Steve was a good sport and played along. For the most part he gave PR-ish answers, but with his own bit of candor that was refreshing. And when he got a question about giving some love for web developers he went into monkey-boy mode to big applause. Once the audience Q&A got started was where he really shined and where the RIA-interesting news was.

The first question about Adobe came up in the Q&A. Steve sounds excited about what Microsoft is doing and he said that Adobe is both a competitor and a customer, pretty standard stuff. Steve also talked about the benefits of competition a bit.

The biggest quote of the day came on a question about when Microsoft was going to start using Silverlight on more of their own properties. Steve said that "All of the relevant [Microsoft] products will move to Silverlight eventually". He said that as new products come online they'll be more likely to use Silverlight but he didn't think they needed to disrupt what was currently working to roll out new versions. That's pretty much what you'd expect because it would be tough for Microsoft to switch everything from Flash to Silverlight overnight. It's clearly a priority to use more Silverlight however.

There was also a question about Avenue A | Razorfish, the agency that Microsoft acquired as part of the aQuantive deal. He said that they value Avenue A | Razorfish and that even though Microsoft owns them, they have a very hands off take. As long as the agency is doing well, they'll operate pretty autonomously. He also said the agency is free to use Silverlight or "other competitive solutions" in their work.

Topics: Software Development, Microsoft

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  • Microsoft may be on top ; though their affiliations are what carry them.

    Money is key here, like God is the last reference you would find in a piece of bundled software. No worries here with your cellphone, PDA, MP3 Player, HDTV, laptop, and home computer.

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    rtirman37@...
  • RE: Steve Ballmer is awesome

    It's good to see someone who is an expert (who has the guts) to say something positive about Microsoft (Balmer). It seems to be fashionable (and mindless) these days to bash Microsoft. Sure they've made lots of mistakes, but what big company hasn't done things to upset it's customers (as an example the American car companies). At least Gates is taking lots of the money he has made over the years and put it to good use in improving the world.
    garry_k@...
  • Its not popular not to bash

    Microsoft hasn't make nice with a lot of people. I was not so favorable to Balllmer but I am changing my mind he seems to be showing me more I like regardless of whatever MS has been up to(like SCO maybe?) I think he will be very good for MS.
    Altotus
  • RE: Steve Ballmer is awesome

    Ballmer is a doofus and has no tact. Just google ballmer iphone and watch his interview on youtube bash the iphone then have a look at how well the iphone is doing, at that point things will be very clear. Have you ever heard of the Peter Principle? His days at Microsoft are numbered.
    Axsimulate