Friday, July 20, 2012

Turns out, there IS something worse than the talking paper clip

Maybe Steve Ballmer just didn't want to be the fattest sweatiest one anymore liked his looks?

“With a strong set of products and an exciting pipeline for the next year, Mark’s experience and out-of-the-box thinking will help us more effectively reach new consumers and grow market share,” Mr. Ballmer said in a statement.

Yeah, Mark.

Mark Penn.

The epitome of "out-of-the-box thinking."

(pic sources: Ballmer | Penn)

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M. Bouffant said...

Is the same Microsoft that lost money this quarter?

Brendan Keefe said...

Yeah. But it amounted to you or me sitting on a couch with loose pant pockets. And I think they're going to make bank in the next few quarters. Heard speculation today from some MS watchers today that he was brought on to figure out how best to market the new things they've got coming out. Probably also has for rent a whole Rolodex of "reporters" on his PR company's payroll, so count on endless tech press gushing. (I.e., almost as much as when Apple releases a mildly updated gizmo.)

Brendan Keefe said...


Jack said...


I'm surprised you're so excited about the upcoming Microsoft products.

Brendan Keefe said...

Eh, I'd say that I'm happy only in the sense of caring about the health of the overall ecosystem: it's better for Apple, Google, various flavors of Linux, other gadget makers, and all of us lusers if MS remains viable.

In my reply, I was merely pointing out that the one quarter loss shouldn't be seen as indicative of the beginning of the end.

Jack said...

Sorry. I was making a lame joke out of your word "pants," as if you were "panting" in anticipation. Didn't really mean you were that excited. ;-)

Brendan Keefe said...

LOL! No, that wasn't lame at all. Just a little too subtle for your [strike]humble[/strike] obtuse servant.