Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer this week said
he had confidence in President-elect Barack Obama's leadership,
during a whirlwind visit to Sydney.
Ballmer talks to developers in Sydney yesterday (Credit: Microsoft)
Obama's decisive victory this week over Republican rival John
McCain in the US presidential elections has been broadly hailed by
technology leaders as potentially beneficial to the country's
technology and communications industries.
"I have a lot of faith in our system and our electoral process,
and I think President-elect Obama understands that there's a deep
set of economic issues, and I have confidence in his leadership,"
Ballmer told the ABC's Lateline program, in respond to a question
on how he thought Obama's win would help corporate America.
Ballmer said that the global economic crisis "definitely
affected" the IT industry, with IT spend being 50 per cent of
overall capital spend and PCs being one of the more expensive
things that most people bought for their homes.
"The number one thing we actually need now is to sort of
restore a positive sense of optimism," he said.
"I actually think to some degree, at least business people I
talk to, sort of negativity feeds on negativity. And I trust at
least in my home country, the US, with the presidential election
behind us, maybe we can get into a positive psychology loop,"
In the rest of the interview, Ballmer mainly appeared to reiterate comments he made in Sydney earlier this week regarding the need for Australia to adopt fast broadband, as well as about the future of computing and pending new Microsoft products such as Windows 7 and Azure.
The full video of Ballmer's speech to developers in Sydney yesterday is also online.