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2012-06-27 11:42:15 AM
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Rev. Skarekroe: Well, that's kind of Ballmer's job.
What was he supposed to do? Say "Holy sh*t! There's no way we can compete with this! I can't... I... Microsoft is throwing in the towel, it's just... it's too much..." (bursts into tears).


1. Don't forget that within like 3 months Apple cut the price in half...It's not like they did that out of the goodness of their heart. Had iphone been selling like crazy at $500-$600 they would have left the price at $600.

2) Back in 2007 email/texting was still king. the speeds weren't fast enough for (quality) streaming data. The country was still in "2G"...3G wasn't around and/or just starting out...and apple just released a $600 phone that couldn't do email very well.

/Sure, in hindsight it looks stupid...at the time it was a valid statement, especially coming from the CEO of competing company.
2012-06-27 05:41:36 PM
1 votes:
Ballmer is the only reason Apple exists in its present form today. That coont is blight. MSFT would have been better with a cucumber at the helm.
2012-06-27 02:52:41 PM
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Great_Milenko: MS also fails to recognize the value of trendiness and the "gotta have it" attitude Apple products inspire, but that's the attitude a company that thinks more in terms of "big business" would have. iPhone purchases said "oh, cool!" and bought it. They didn't perform a cost/benefit analysis.

In all seriousness, it was a crowded market with an entrenched leader, and a radical new design could have blown up in Apple's face.


If Apple sold the Zune and Windows, the mindless masses of Apple users would be saying how much better Zune and Windows is than iOS.

Microsoft didn't fail to recognize it, they simply are an IT company while Apple is a marketing company. I can call my neighbor's dog all I want, but the dog will still listen to my neighbor instead of me.
2012-06-27 01:58:56 PM
1 votes:

asmodeus224: Software (MS products) can be replace overnight with little cost. Your analogy is fail


True. That's why no-one ever runs legacy software.
2012-06-27 12:25:43 PM
1 votes:

markie_farkie: Cancer got the wrong guy.


nope i think it hit pretty well.
2012-06-27 11:52:59 AM
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fatalvenom: My Galaxy Nexus laughs off the iPhone too.


Oh no you didn't!

SUMMON THE APPLE BUTHURT PATROL!
2012-06-27 11:22:18 AM
1 votes:
To be fair, the Zune was a way better mp3 player than the ipod. They just did a horrible job marketing it. Same deal with Windows phone 7.
2012-06-27 08:27:39 AM
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Well, that's kind of Ballmer's job.
What was he supposed to do? Say "Holy sh*t! There's no way we can compete with this! I can't... I... Microsoft is throwing in the towel, it's just... it's too much..." (bursts into tears).
 
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