Ballmer’s Latest Conniption

Searchblog has dirt on yet another coronary outburst from that Microsoft humanimal Steve Ballmer, in the form of a court document detailing his reaction to losing a top engineer to Google.

Prior to joining Google, I set up a meeting on or about November 11, 2004 with Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer to discuss my planned departure….At some point in the conversation Mr. Ballmer said: “Just tell me it’s not Google.” I told him it was Google.

At that point, Mr. Ballmer picked up a chair and threw it across the room hitting a table in his office. Mr. Ballmer then said: “Fucking Eric Schmidt is a fucking pussy. I’m going to fucking bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I’m going to fucking kill Google.” ….

Thereafter, Mr. Ballmer resumed trying to persuade me to stay….Among other things, Mr. Ballmer told me that “Google’s not a real company. It’s a house of cards.”

May Ballmer drown in his own sweat. The guy should be a clown in the WWF, not head of the world’s largest technology company.

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5 Replies to “Ballmer’s Latest Conniption”

  1. The funniest part of all of this, to me, is that not one comment I have read says, “There’s no way Ballmer said something like this. He’s the CEO of a huge company. Such people just do not behave in such a manner.”

    Whether you love or hate Microsoft or Google, the fact is that people know Ballmer is a big, fat, sweaty, obnoxious ape. And I hereby offer my unmitigated apology to apes everywhere for the metaphor.

    Stevie, we know you’re a talentless frat-boy that got lucky when Harvard assigned dorm rooms. And whether this story is apocryphal or not, the fact that everyone is all too ready to believe you capable of such behavior should worry you; but probably will not.

    Who knows. Maybe he’ll develop a sense of decorum.

  2. > Such people just do not behave in such a manner.

    I would have to agree that your generalization is accurate… but the exception proves the rule. Ballmer has proven himself so many times to be a baboon that I have no trouble at all believing this story. It seems totally Ballmer to me.

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