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If you don’t like Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), odds are you won’t find much to like when Steve Ballmer talks. If you like Microsoft, you probably…

Steve Ballmer at D8
photo: All Things D / D8 Conference

If you don’t like Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), odds are you won’t find much to like when Steve Ballmer talks. If you like Microsoft, you probably still won’t and that’s a shame. The Microsoft CEO and Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie opened the last day of D8. The latter owned the quality-to-noise ratio but Ballmer, who can sound incoherent as he accuses Google (NSDQ: GOOG) of being with its dual OS efforts, came through with some points that needed to be made amidst all the verbiage. The best sum-up I’ve heard so far came from Rob Glaser, chairman of RealNetworks (NSDQ: RNWK) and a Microsoft alum in a tweet about a conversation during the session: “Guy asks me “Is Microsoft empire about to crumble?” Me: “Yes, like the British empire, not the Soviet.”

Some bits from Ballmer; three videos embedded below.

– Explaining why he thinks we’re moving towards a era of general devices that can be used like appliances: “I don

  1. > “The thing people miss about them [RIMM] is how good a job they’ve done on the consumer side.”
    How has RIMM done a good job on the consumer side? Does he mean enterprise consumers?

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