Why Apple Should Fear Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer has been at the head of Microsoft for over 10 years. During that time, Microsoft has grown a lot and added three new operating systems. Still it pales in comparison to the success of Apple, with Steve Jobs at the helm. But that could change soon.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, I’m sad to say is sick, not well. Hopefully his cancer can be eliminated, but that is an iffy statement. What will happen to Apple if Jobs passes away? That is a big question. But the answer is that for the short term, probably nothing. There are many projects under construction and Steve Jobs doesn’t manage them on a day to day basis anyway.

However, Steve Jobs has been the most innovative person in the computer world now for over 20 years. There is only one other person that has had as much influence on technology as Jobs, and that was Thomas Edison. Jobs not only helped create the PC industry, he helped turn around the Telephone Industry, the Internet Industry, the Graphics industry, the Music industry, and the video industry. His impact has been universal. And the truth of the matter is, Apple needs Steve Jobs, but Steve Jobs doesn’t need Apple. He’s just there, but he could be anywhere. And that is where Steve Ballmer comes in.

Steve Ballmer

Running one of the largest (monopoly’s) companies in the world is not easy. But Ballmer with the focus on business enterprise, not the consumer enterprise,  runs a very different ship. His company has mastered many versions of software and continues to fine tune the biggest one, the operating system. In the case of Microsoft, the Ballmer-Microsoft relationship is one-to-one. Microsoft needs Ballmer and Ballmer needs Microsoft. Which is why Apple should be worried.

With Jobs’ time at Apple limited, Apple could be the subject to a buyout or takeover. Maybe not right away. But right now the only company in the horizon that could do that would be Microsoft.

Does Apple have a focus? Oddly enough one can make a claim that it does not. Sure the iPad, iPhone, and other products are successful; but Apple has been on a streak of winning the lotto with these products. Steve Jobs picks the numbers and he’s won more often than lost. But will his replacement be able to do that? I don’t know.  Will Apple be able to produce more winning technologies going through the rest of this decade? I don’t know that either. But Microsoft will continue with it’s focus, which is to build up its domination of the Computer Tech world, and this would include getting Apple under its fold. This is why Apple should fear Steve Ballmer.

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12 Responses to Why Apple Should Fear Steve Ballmer

  1. Xandrewbrown August 7, 2011 at 3:08 am #

    Pure Silliness.  Microsoft would never acquire Apple.  Even if it wanted to, approval would never be given.  

    Apple is probably better placed to acquire Microsoft – but that will never happen either for exactly the same reasons.

  2. Fegs August 7, 2011 at 3:29 am #

    Since Apple is valued far higher than Microsoft, please explain how Microsoft would go about acquiring Apple.

  3. Pedrosilva667 August 7, 2011 at 6:21 am #

    This article seems to be written with Ballmer´s hand,

  4. Ralphpetrillo August 7, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    Steve Ballmer has been a failure at Microsoft. Follow the stock price for ten years. By the way if Bill Gates had not started selling all of his stock and all of the other staff had not followed him the stock would of been worth twice as much currently. Meaning that Bill Gates could of given twice as much to charity. he could of simply borrowed ten billion from a bank loan paying off $ 500 million a year in interest  to use for  charity without affecting stock sales.  The stock appreciation would of more then covered that. They are smart but not interested in equity appreciation for they know that we all have a time limit and they want to increase the quality of life for all. Very noble, however in truth they would of had twice as much capital if the stock has appreciated over the last ten years by concentrating on the true competitive market place and there would be more for charity not less. 

  5. Tatosgr August 7, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    “Microsoft needs Ballmer and Ballmer needs Microsoft.” – That’s one of the most wrong sentences I have ever read.I know you have to post things about how great and awesome Microsoft is, but if you’re gonna make up a story, at least be make it up the right way.
    “Microsoft won’t grow with Ballmer leading it. Period.”… Now that’s more like it.

  6. Dagmarpiano August 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    Who wrote this shit?

  7. Guest August 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Really weak article and logic. I’d go point by point, but most have been covered by others. Ballmer has destroyed MS, along with its stock value.

  8. Bob August 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    There is no chance of this being possible. Microsoft’s market cap and cash on hand put the math totally out of reach on this one; and there is no way that the DOJ allows anyone with a monopoly (Microsoft on desktop OSes and Apple on the emerging tablet category) to merge. Will never – can never – happen.

  9. TheBigOldDog August 8, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    The only fear Apple has regarding Ballmer is that he’ll be fired or retire and somebody competent and driven takes the reins of Microsoft and gives them a run for their money.

    I don’t use any Apple products and haven’t since the late 80s but I respect Jobs and what Apple has done under his leadership.

  10. Dean Donaldson August 8, 2011 at 1:51 am #

    You having a laug? You compare a pure software company with a hardware company. People don’t Goto shops to oggle over software or cue up overnight to wait for windows 8… They wait and desire snd covet pretty shiny things… Microsoft is not even in same league…

  11. MdKemWry August 10, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    happy to see i’m not the only one that thinks this is tripe.  Microsoft needs new, young/innovative, leadership.  Is that a Co-CEO with Hastings (Netflix CEO) as rumored month ago?  Probably not.  But, the idea is really rather intriguing.  Ballmer: enterprise/sales focused. Hastings-eque: more innovation focused.  Sadly, the last person at MSFT that was truly Innovated pissed off Ballmer at At All Things D a few years ago and he promptly “retired”.

  12. Will August 12, 2011 at 1:59 am #

    balmer seems odd, here microsoft has this amazing product, windows phone 7, and the ad is the phone going into a toilet. this is gonna sell a product? is he for real. i hope someone else can lead the companys new products into the future. they are actually very nice – xbox, kinect, zune, windows phone 7.

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