Steven Anthony Ballmer needs no introduction. He has been the chief executive officer of Microsoft Corporation since January 2000. Ballmer joined Microsoft on June 11, 1980, and became Microsoft's 24th employee, the first business manager hired by Gates. As a visionary and leader, Steve Ballmer has led Microsoft to the top of the computer software world.
Steven A. Ballmer is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Corporation, the world's leading manufacturer of software for personal and business computing. Ballmer joined Microsoft in 1980 and was the first business manager hired by Bill Gates. Since then, Ballmer's leadership and passion have become hallmarks of his tenure at the company.
Ballmer and the company's business and technical leaders are focused on continuing Microsoft's innovation and leadership across the company's core businesses. Microsoft's goal is to provide an integrated platform to enable a seamless experience across a wide range of computing and non-PC devices and services.
Variously described as ebullient, focused, funny, passionate, sincere, hard-charging and dynamic, Ballmer has infused Microsoft with his own brand of energetic leadership, vision and spirit over the years.
Ballmer was born in March 1956, and grew up near Detroit, where his father worked as a manager at Ford Motor Co. He graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and economics. While in college, Ballmer managed the football team, worked on the Harvard Crimson newspaper as well as the university literary magazine, and lived down the hall from fellow sophomore Bill Gates. After college, he worked for two years at Procter & Gamble Co. as an assistant product manager and, before joining Microsoft, attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer comments on Microsoft's bid on Yahoo! Ballmer says at the end of the day "it would have been valuable to get together but didn't work." Ballmer also responds to the critics that say Microsoft is no longer an innovative leader.
U.S. computer firm, the leading developer of personal-computer software systems and applications. Microsoft, headquartered in Redmond, Wash., also publishes books and multimedia titles and manufactures hardware. It was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul G. Allen (b. 1954), who adapted BASIC for use on personal computers. They licensed versions of it to various companies, developed other programming languages, and in 1981 released MS-DOS for the IBM PC. The subsequent adoption of MS-DOS by most other personal-computer manufacturers generated vast revenues for Microsoft, which became a publicly owned corporation in 1986. It issued the first version of Microsoft Word, its popular word-processing program, in 1983, and Microsoft Windows, a graphical user interface for MS-DOS-based computers, in 1985. In 2001 Microsoft released Xbox, a video game console that quickly captured second place in the $10 billion video gaming market. In 2002 Microsoft launched Xbox Live, a broadband gaming network for their consoles.
Hmmm...MIcrosoft surface? Where do I buy that? Let me check MIcrosoft's website:
Currently Microsoft Surface is not available for individual consumer purchase. Microsoft Surface is being marketed and sold to large-scale leisure, ...blah blah
Well there you have it. Not a true product. Can you imagine what Apple could do if it had Microsoft's budget?
I think the record is pretty clear, Microsoft has a history of following and copying other's breakthroughs and are generally weak at doing it (see "Zune points" or "Vista").
I checked out Bing and although it has a visual appeal, it has no chance against Google. I read now that Bing and Twitter are teaming up to display real time results, which may improve its chances....or not: http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/07/14...t-sounds-like/
Hilarious! "Mircrosoft is like a startup"? What world do they live in?
The term startup is supposed to signify a company that is still in its initial phase of developing and growing their product. It includes a 1-20+/- person company and about 1-3 years old. That's why they are called "start" "ups." Once you grow to about 50 people, you're a legit company and not really a startup, no matter how much you would like to think so. Everybody grows up eventually. You can't be a startup forever. (Keep living the Peter Pan dream.)
Microsoft is saying they are a 'startup' because they don't always have the resources to expend money and energy into some possible feature/product. BS. Yahoo, Microsoft, and Apple are the top leading companies and have plenty of money to invest in their company as well as acquire other companies as well. Microsoft cannot always expect to be on top of everything but they shouldn't blame their lack of products due to 'being a startup.'