Steve Ballmer presented a lengthy keynote and partner session at the
Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Minneapolis. Below is the complete
transcript of the session.
It is my honor, privilege, excitement, to be here with you today. For all the
things I do -- and many of you have had a chance to hear this many times as I
travel the world -- but everything I get to do working for Microsoft, there's
one thing that's most energizing for me -- one thing, one thing -- meeting
with our partners. And you say, this guy gives this line to every audience he
meets with. Nooo.
What's special about this group? What gets me particularly pumped up? What is
particularly exciting? Our partners are a unique blend, you are, of two
elements. Number one, you've made a bet on us. You believe in us, you want us
to win, you need us to win. You're kind of like employees... (more)
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer threw a chair across the room when Microsoft
Distinguished Engineer Mark Lucovsky told Ballmer that he was leaving to join
Google. This is according to an article by Verne Kopytoff of the San
Francisco Chronicle, reporting on court documents containing statements by
Lucovsky in the Microsoft-Google contretemps over the hiring by Google of
former Microsoft researcher Kai-Fu Lee.
Ballmer has stated that Lucovsky's version of what transpired is a "gross
exaggeration." Kopytoff reported that "Lucovsky recounts that Ballmer erupted
violently after Lucovsy ... (more)
"Ray and his team are true innovators," said Bill Gates yesterday as
Microsoft announced that it's acquiring Ray Ozzie's company, Groove Networks,
Inc. "Microsoft and its customers will greatly benefit from their
experience," Gates continued. "After working with Ray for years as a close
partner, it will be great to have him on our senior leadership team."
Ozzie's Groove Networks is a leading provider of collaboration software for
the "virtual office," so the deal unites two top innovators of technology
that help geographically distributed workgroups be as productive as those
Microsoft has announced that effective July 2008 Bill Gates, Chairman, will
transition out of a day-to-day role in the company to spend more time on his
global health and education work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The
company announced a two-year transition process to ensure that there is a
smooth and orderly transfer of Gates’ daily responsibilities, and said
that after July 2008 Gates would continue to serve as the company’s
chairman and an advisor on key development projects.
The company announced that Chief Technical Officer Ray Ozzie will immediately
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has gotten a lot of people's knickers in a twist
by saying that Red Hat users owes Microsoft patent payments.
He dropped the nugget during a Q&A last week in England captured on tape and
put on the Internet.
He was talking about how open source products "have an obligation to
participate in the same way in the intellectual property regime" as
commercial companies with their hefty R&D budgets and patent licenses. Then -
after praising Novell for its open source-scandalizing patent indemnification
deal with Microsoft - he uttered the words: "People [who] ... (more)