20 Questions With Microsoft's Ballmer


If you own the software and hardware, what does that mean for Apple?

I think we are trying to make absolutely clear we are not going to leave any space uncovered to Apple. We are not. No space uncovered that is Apple's.

We have our advantages in productivity. We have our advantages in terms of enterprise management and manageability. We have got our advantages in terms of when you plug into server infrastructure in the enterprise. But, we are not going to let any piece of this. Not the consumer cloud. Not hardware software innovation. We are not leaving any of that to Apple by itself. Not going to happen. Not on our watch.

Now we're bringing our partners with us, our hardware vendor partners. But, you know we are not going to leave any space.

We do feel empowered to innovate everywhere and bring our partners with us. We are just not going to leave any ... stone unturned, so to speak, as we pursue that.



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