Based on his past and present bravado, it's clear that Ballmer is closer to being crazy than he is capable of being a tech CEO.
In the above-linked article, you can see the classic YouTube video where Ballmer disses the original iPhone. A big handful of iPhones later, he's still talking smack.
Just the other day, he quipped, I don't think anyone has done a product that I see customers wanting.The hits continued this week when Ballmer spewed:
In every category Apple competes, it's the low-volume player, except in tablets. In the PC market, obviously the advantage of diversity has mattered since 90-something percent of PCs that get sold are Windows PCs. We'll see what winds up mattering in tablets. (story via the Wall Street Journal)Is Ballmer trying to bring an NHL franchise to Seattle? Is he involved in the stalled hockey lockout negotiations? So much about the guy prompts sad and pathetic memories of former Research in Motion (RIMM) co-CEO Jim You don't need an app to access the Web Balsillie. Disingenuous. Blind. Out of touch with reality. Ballmer and Balsillie -- not to be confused with ballers -- separated at birth. Calling Apple a "low-volume player." That's all of the above and, in particular, disingenuous. First, Ballmer forgot about the iPod. Apple has probably sold more Shuffles than Microsoft did Zunes. Second, if Apple allowed anybody to use iOS for a song and a dance, leading to the proliferation of smartphones that run the gamut in quality and price, they would not be "low-volume" in the category. Ballmer really smacks of Balsillie when he boasts about Windows PC penetration. The trend is your friend, brother. Ballsillie never acknowledged that -- he was almost as smug and arrogant as Ballmer -- and look what happened at RIM. We'll see what winds up mattering in tablets. That's not an idle threat, only because Microsoft is making something that resembles an attempt to compete. However, at the end of the day, it all comes back to one thing. Apple has absolutely schooled Microsoft for how long now? Ballmer should be able to see several carcasses, particularly RIM's and Nokia's (NOK), decaying on the side of the road. In the eyes of Apple -- and shareholders should wish the MSFT Board -- Ballmer's is next. So, shut up, put your head down, execute this plan of yours and absolutely stop setting yourself up to look like a complete fool again.