Microsoft is betting ultra-thin laptops can steal business from netbooks and Apple this Christmas while providing the opportunity to sell more expensive copies of Windows. Speaking at Microsoft's annual Financial Analyst Meeting in Redmond, Washington, chief executive Steve Ballmer told investors that Microsoft, Intel, and PC …
Listening to calls for Ballmer to be replaced....are you out of your minds? Ballmer is the best thing that could happen to MS...he's just not the best thing that could happen for MS.
It'll Be No DIfferent to now
'"When a customer says we want a netbook with bigger screen we will say here's an ultra thin," Ballmer said.'
Go into the likes of PC world and ask to see their netbooks, you'll find yourself saying "no, thats a dismally underpowered laptop, I want a netbook." It'll be the same then;
You: I want a netbook,
Spotty: We've got an ultra thin with bigger screen for ££££££
You: No, I want a netbook
Spotty: This is better sir
You: But I want a netbook
Spotty: No sir, netbooks are obsolete, decreed so by King Ballmer last month
You: I couldn't give a flying f*ck, I want a netbook
You'd then be found guilty, and given a choice of sentences;
b) Only able to use Vista for the remainder of your lifetime
I know which I'd choose! OK maybe it's a little different to now
Mines the one with netbook sized pockets
Wait ! Steve Ballmer is trying to be cool...
Well, sort of, cos he was at Mac World, Ive seen it on YouTube so it must be right
Note the sweat patches at the end - yeuch.
Didn't take long did it?
>Netbook users can also look forward to price increases on Windows.
Meanwhile I bought a CnMBook off ebay, and didn't realise it was the windows one that you can't do anything with! I was hoping to install Linux and all sorts of things (like a mobile broadband dongle) but it's just one long list of 'not supported' - whereas the Linux one is much more game for things.
Frickin MS and their Windows fixation!
I guess the 'evil gates' needs to be updated...
Missing some points
Balmer is talking about the CULV laptops that every man and his dog are due to release in the next 6 months. So for once he's talking sense.
However the rest of it is his usual gibberish. He seems to be banking the farm on windows 7 being worth (to consumers) 25-33% of the price of a netbook.
Consumers may opt for XP on a netbook when the differential is £20. What will they do when its £50 or £100?
If SB thinks thin is cool, he must have a pretty low opinion of he personal coolness. One too many bananas me thinks.
Windows fanbois, assemble!
Aome on, the mothership is under brutal attack in these comments, surely one of you must be able to make some sort of point, however ill-founded or moronic, to defend The Sweaty One?
Ultra-Thin Netbooks ?
If I buy a netbook it's because I want the damn thing to be small and browse the net etc whenever I want. But if they can combine the ultra-thin with the netbook and give me the best of both worlds I might consider it. Until then my NB100 is great.
A thinner, lighter and tougher netbook would be a plus though.
to quote another "great" leader
There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — [pauses] - shame on you. Fool me — You can't get fooled again.
Nashville, Tenn., (September 17, 2002)
Steve Ballmer? Ball + Me + Errrrrrr?
Steve Ball Me Errrr - Ummmmm I'd pay MORE to not to have to have another botchy, cheapskate quality, maxi-priced corporate cash cow OS and software - in my life.
NOT having ANY Microsoft based PC's in my life - feels as good as not having a football stuck up my arse.
Linux Convert - Sanity and Quality BEFORE popularity.
I've bought/built my last Windows PC, I don't care what he bullies the manufacturers into producing.
I can't believe he is so out of touch that he wants the PC makers to copy one of Apple's poorer ideas. I mean, the Macbook AIR is his new target??? Earth to Uncle Fester, that one has only been so-so, even for Apple. The new 13 inch Macbook pro is $1100 and beats the shit out of the 15 inch Pro I bought two years ago for $2600.
And YES Apple charges me more, but at lest it works like its SUPPOSED to. I don't habitually save documents every ten seconds anymore for fear of a crash or a freeze killing two hours of writing. The useful upgradable system life is at MINIMUM double a Windows PC. I have a 2001 Mac Tower that Is running Leopard, burning my media and being the house server. If I had a 2001 PC running Vista what would I be doing with it?
Nothing. Because you can't.
A clone of the air from a Microsoft windbag... Classic stuff.
Seriously though.. The same thing applies to the Windows wafer thin notebooks as applied to the Air.
You are shrinking the wrong axis. Compact = small footprint. Thin = slow, hot, and pricey.
Please please Keep Steve in his job. He is the best thing that could happen to Linux.
M$ has always used that marketing strategy. M$ decides what the punter wants and forces it down its throat.
Why should it be different with net/notebooks.
Can't wait for M$ to take over GM and decide what car we drive....
You want a netbook, here is a truck, Thanks Stevie, you are a gem (nitalia) http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/joke_32.png
@ J 3
"Are they still mentioning the (as far as I remember) lie that the return rates are higher for Linux-based machines?"
In the computer store that I worked in, this was very definitely the case.
How can Linux Netbooks be returned
when nearly nobody sells any?
Everything is a threat to Microsoft
Why is anything that works and sells is considered a "threat" by Microsoft?
Steve Ballmer must have
read this article (http://mail.nl.linux.org/humorix/2007-04/msg00000.html), obviously. Albeit a little late, but just exchange Windows 7 for Vista and Bob's your uncle!
Balmer is Ja Ja Binks!
Balmer is a one man suicide team; a captain Ahab; the Ja Ja Binks of corporate America!
His Microsoft’s worst enemy! Making such a stupid pie in the sky comment as “cooler than Apple” machines which have not even been glimpsed!
Balmer – you are one stupid over paid idiot! You’ll sink Microsoft single handed!
M$ to Develop Ultra-thin Notebooks
The best they've ever designed is a mouse & keyboard which is totally different to all the other mouse & keyboards, just like all the other mouse & keyboards.
M$ is an individual, just like Logitech is an individual.
Get a Linux box. Give up the supremely ordinary.
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