Steve Ballmer switching Clippers from iPads to Windows

Steve Ballmer switching Clippers from iPads to Windows
Steve Ballmer may not be the CEO of Microsoft anymore, but that doesn't mean he has given up his allegiance to the company and its products. Ballmer is now the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, and it probably shouldn't be a surprise that he has plans to switch the team away from using iPads towards using Windows devices.

In an interview with Reuters, Ballmer promised to make the Clippers experience the best for fans, regardless of if they come to games in person or via a mobile device. He also noted that while most of the team uses Windows, "some of the players and coaches" use iPads, and it is a project for Ballmer to convert those to Windows devices. Coach Doc Rivers assumed that would be the case when Ballmer took over, but Ballmer has promised to be smart about the transition and to only make the change during the offseason. 

Ballmer also took a moment to lament his failures at Microsoft, saying that he wished a larger proportion of mobile devices were from Microsoft, and that his company would have "birthed that category". Unfortunately, his former company is still playing catch-up to Google and Apple. 

source: Reuters

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35 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Very good choice.

20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

u mean a BETTER CHOICE.

22. AlikMalix unregistered

What is wrong with you [this is to all Anti-Apple shills] did an Apple user beat you at some point of your life, iPads are great devices, forcing people to use something you're loyal to is just petty. Either way this doesnt effect me in any way... just here for the comments... SO... Why is it a very good/better choice based on your fanboy comments? What do you know about these people, and how they use their tablets, and what for? Do you change your medical coverage doctor because he came in with an Apple iPad? Why do you HATE Apple products and people that use it so much?

2. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Switch to windows tablets if it makes sense for your team, not because you are the former CEO of Microsoft. Sheesh, take a lesson from Google, they don't force their employees to use Chromebooks. Heck most use macs. But offering them free Nexus phones does help in their decision to use them at work.

5. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

They themselves know Chromebooks aren't good for anything other than web browsing. Hence they don't force their employees to use it. Chromebooks are just laptops running a slightly glorified web browser, nothing else. They aren't meant for actual work as opposed to Windows or OS X.

10. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Actually they banned Windows laptops due to security breaches in 2010, and not because Google hates MS.

13. the_best

Posts: 139; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Haha if thats true its Hilarius! Then they should ban Android phones to =P

7. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

WTF is a chromebook?

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Or maybe its cheaper to use Windows since he's a former employee? Maybe a deal or something. But I agree with you.

15. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Yea... he just overpaid a price of 2 BILLION dollars for the team... I'm sure it must be a price/cost thing. Although I am sure he/the team will get special treatment... I know it is not for a cost saving measure.

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It could very well be a cost saving measure. Currently most IT departments, which they most certainly have, are most familiar with windows. Usually OSX IT's charge a premium, or at least the people we interviewed tried to. As well it is a very very very good bet, all desktops in the place are windows to begin with, from front office to the back office. So lets see. Use android, then ipad, then windows, watch over an IT department that has to take all 3 into consideration. Orrrrrr simply switch work employees to one single platform. Windows. No extra this or that. In reality the initial hardware invest may be big, but the continued support is where it is at. When our IT department stopped supporting ipads and instead gave everyone 13in netbooks, they saved 190k that year, the cost of the equipment? less than 40k.

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Thank you....this was kinda what I was getting at.

34. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

Right, but they already have iPads, so can't they just keep them and save a lot of money?

24. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

And as an owner, even if he did overpay...I'm sure he looks at ways to cut costs, save money. This could be one way.

33. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

Yeah, if there is an app that you need that runs better or is only for a certain platform, go ahead. But the iPads work just fine, so it makes no sense to use Windows.

3. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Lol Ima bet they're so pissed

4. TheMoltenD

Posts: 109; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

Ruin the team just like you ruined Microsoft.

6. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Yes, 'cause not using a certain gadget will greatly affect the working of a sports team and their players' performances.

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Like in Microsoft, he put his effort and focus in the wrong places. The right focus is sport and how to best win it.

8. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Smart move and why not? This is a no brainer

9. kurama.

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

Well sp3 is a alot superior to ipads so it wise choice to switch to better things.

11. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Elaborate. If the team is using ipads just fine there is no need to "upgrade" to a bulkier, heavier, and more expensive tablet.

25. mixedfish

Posts: 1551; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

If the team weren't using any tablets before just fine there is no need to for any bulky heavy and expensive tablet. ...it's called technology, you upgrade when something better comes along.

26. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Sure we can elaborate. IT support. Enough said really. When you have to support more than one platform, costs go up. By switching you decrease support costs, which on average, considering ipads ect is numerous times above equipment costs. Lets take a stab in the dark and say they have 12 IT people at 80k a year. Lets say 2 of them are ipad specials. Meaning 160k a year, i would garner they do not have 160k ipads. You reduce one person, save 80k, get on a platform that is a pc and needs no 'app support' for the device and bam. instant upgrade. As well, if offers better touch with the pen, and more power. You could also replace some desktops in the buidling with docking statons and save even more.

27. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

And the new Windows 8 interface is another later to support. But I'm referring to the clippers who already use iPads. What advantage does giving them sp3s fix?

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well duhhh, that totally makes sense. Now if he could only get Blake Griffin to play D, and shoot better from the outside.

16. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

And get DJ to make a free throw from time to time...

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Home runs are my thing. Yankees all day. Clips are tite though

28. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Don't watch too much baseball, cant really comment on MLB related things.

29. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

This isn't 2012 anymore bro.

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