Ballmer wishes he could have the last 10 years back to focus on mobile

Ballmer wishes he could have the last 10 years back to focus on mobile
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wishes that he had a time machine. This way, he could go back ten years and refocus his energies on Microsoft's mobile platform. As it turned out, Ballmer says that he was spending his time with Windows Vista. "We would have a stronger position in the phone market today if I could re-do the last 10 years," he said, noting that as a 4% stockholder in the company, he still benefits from the success of Microsoft.

Speaking of success, he called the acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services businesses important to the future of Microsoft. The $7 billion acquisition is expected to close soon. While Kantar recently called Windows Phone the fastest growing OS in the world, the platform is coming off such low market share numbers that a small improvement results in a large percentage improvement.

While Windows Phone is just coming into its own now, there was a time when Ballmer was certain that Windows Mobile would be able to challenge iOS and Android in the touchscreen space. But for the fiscal year that ended in June 2010, the former CEO received only half of his maximum bonus award because of the missteps Microsoft was experiencing in mobile.


Ballmer also questioned whether or not WhatsApp will prove to be worth the $19 billion that Facebook paid for the messaging app. He said that if Mark Zuckerberg believes that the 450 million subscribers to the messaging app will generate enough revenue to make the deal worth it to Facebook, why should he doubt him?

The executive was speaking Tuesday at Oxford University for his first public appearance since leaving Microsoft.

source: WSJ

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35 Comments

1. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Windows Vista??????? Time Machine would make Win Vista never exist....lol

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Shameful secret: I actually paid money for Windows Vista Ultimate… very costly and embarrassing lesson learned with that.

2. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Yep we all have regrets.

3. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

I would prefer they improve Windows Mobile than make the Windows Phone instead.

4. MacWiNux

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

haha the phone that has a start button lol..... pure lag isn't it?

7. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

come on man,,,, what's about cupcake? The touch screen phones on that time on were WM, Linux and Symbian. No dual cores or quad cores... run lower than 1 ghz of single cpu.

14. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I loved Maemo 5 :) 600mHz Arm Cortex A8 :)

5. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

You're alone in that preference....

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

No, he is most definitely not alone in that feeling!

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I'll clarify that, in my eyes, wp is coming full circle to what wm was, and that is what many like us want, control of our os again.

21. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

To a WP fan it's more about the look, and feel of WP7xx/WP8xx... WM, and it's core could've never achieved what WP8.1 has.. The foundation, and idea, of WP vs WM is just way more modern... .................... To be honest, WP7.0 would've been great if it had been unveiled no later than 2008, two years earlier.. .................... Nevertheless, there can be those who wish that MS carried on with WM, and that's fine.... I can live with that..

32. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I loved Windows Mobile, and I love Windows Phone... And I loved WebOS, and love Android (have yet to try Ubuntu or other open sourced phones)... It is all preference, coupled with how the OEM produces the hardware. WP is definitely the future, with a late start. But it is rolling on and making up for list ground VERY quickly, even ahead in many areas for some users preferences!

13. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Only the haters agree with him.

27. SleepingOz unregistered

Right, I did enjoy WM on my Omnia and the original XPERIA, amazing phones in their times.

29. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I kinda agree.....but if you look at WP.....the HTC HD2 was IMO the beginning of WP. They shoulda built off of what the HD2 had....but they wanted to go in a different direction. All I know is that type of setup isnt hurting Android or the iPhone. I still cant get used to Live Tiles....or the minimalistic look of WP.

6. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Who would've think it?

9. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The only good thing in the last decade (For Microsoft) that Ballmer can take credit for is planting a mole in the Grand Old Dame that is Nokia to destroy its value so that MSFT could purchase it for a song and suckering people into paying for buggy junk Office on a subscription basis. Windows has been hit and miss, with Windows 8/8.1 slowly finishing the job Vista started (Yes, it's still #1, but the company's bottom line isn't showing it anymore), WP is rudderless and making a tenth for them what Android makes for them, the Surface is an abject failure, and the XBone is getting trounced by the PS4 because MSFT botched their product announcement like they were a bush-league startup. Enjoy retirement, Steve, because nobody in tech would hire you if you volunteered to work in the mail room for free.

12. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

People swear the Zune was great, but was killed off.

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Meh.... it was ok at best, but going up again the already established iPod was a lost cause.

19. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

I've actually never seen one, but hear a lot of great things about them. Personally, Cowon is my go to player.

28. SleepingOz unregistered

Zune sucked! I remember getting one instead of the iPod because I wanted to try something different since everyone was rocking ipod. Guess what happened, I end up buying an iPod.

35. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Should have went with a Cowon. I owned 2 iPods and will never go back after hearing the better quality of Cowon.

22. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

If you lived a few weeks with a 1520, Xbox One, and a Surface pro 2 you wouldn't think so... You wouldn't go back....

25. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I did so with the 920 (twice), the 1020, and the 1520, and had no problem walking away. I had the XBox 360 and PS3, and the XBox was so dusty that I gave it to the kids. The Surface Pro 2 is the best of the lot, but I only use Windows because I am forced to in order to game, not because I would ever willingly choose buggy, bloated, and schizophrenic Windows (My gaming tower has 7, because 8 months of Win8 made me quite unhappy) over OSX.

26. papss unregistered

Xbox one is anything but a failure and so far has better software and apps than the ps4.

11. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

So long, you old coot, coulda ,woulda, didnta? O,o

17. shahluffyz

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

It's okay, Ballmer. It's okay. Just keep looking forward, okay? :')

18. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1270; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Everybody wants a rewind button in their life... To correct their earlier mistakes, to enjoy the joyful moments they wasted for earning money, to get their true love back, to become a child again, to live without worries... But what to do lovely moments once gone is gone for ever...

20. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Go home Monkey boy, remember when you called the iphone a "rounding error"? you deserve to feel like crap

33. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Ironic, when you google rounding error, first that comes is "rounding error in excel"

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