Microsoft needs to 'start up again': CEO

Nov 05, 2013
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks during the conference "Building the Vision" held in Rome on November 5, 2013

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer on Tuesday said the computer giant had to reinvent itself to avoid being "old and tired" as his company struggles to keep up in the mobile devices sector.

"We're finding ourselves having to start up again," Ballmer said at a conference in Rome where he announced Italy had become the first country in which Microsoft phones were outselling iPhones.

"Unless you're constantly inventing something new, you're old and tired. Today we're having to remake ourselves," Ballmer told his audience.

Referring to the success of Microsoft against rival Apple's iPhone in Italy, he quipped: "I don't know how long it's going to last."

Ballmer was a classmate and friend of Bill Gates from their days at Harvard University in the 1970s.

He took over from Gates in 2000 but earlier this year said he will step down by August 2014.

When Ballmer took over, Microsoft was the undisputed tech sector leader, and the world's largest company in . But in recent years it has struggled as consumers began to move from desktop and laptop PCs to .

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1 / 5 (6) Nov 05, 2013
They should hire me. I would kick his ass out of there fast. Then, there will be room to create.
1 / 5 (1) Nov 05, 2013
Ball Boy Ballmer is a spectacular failure and has no business expressing any opinion about how or what Microsoft should do.

Just put him in a deep hole and cover it with dirt.

That would be adequate retribution for W8

1 / 5 (8) Nov 05, 2013

Corruption-Tard breeds self with self to create Surveillance Software-Tard, breeds self with self to create Corruption-Tard - etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

The innovation just keeps on rolling...


1 / 5 (7) Nov 05, 2013
Please remake the start button and the windows desktop properly, and get rid of the Modern bullshit.
1 / 5 (7) Nov 06, 2013
Please remake the start button and the windows desktop properly, and get rid of the Modern bullshit.

I have often thought when using a Microsoft Windoze system, that IF my desk, is organised to have the pencils, erasers etc., near my right hand... on the right hand side of the books / drawings etc....

Like setting a table - plate / bowl in front of me and for the right handed non devil worshipping - the spoon or fork or knife is on the right hand side of the plate as well....

Why do the idiot fucks put the start menu on the LEFT hand side of the screen?

The the MORONS in Ubumtoo - copy them?

I mean I can understand the issue of writing from left to right across a page but...

I have always felt irritated by it.