Ballmer Gets Grilled on Yahoo, Google and Apple at MIX
A Yahoo acquisition would help Microsoft gain critical mass in the search and search-related advertising business, Ballmer says.LAS VEGAS-Microsoft CEO Ballmer came to the MIX conference to sit down for a quiet fireside chat and talk about those issues important to developers. Instead, what he got was a complete grilling about Yahoo, Google and Apple. Guy Kawasaki, a managing director at Garage Technology Ventures and a former Fellow at Apple Computer, moderated the chat, peppering Ballmer with questions about why Microsoft wanted to buy Yahoo.
Ballmer tells eWEEK's Peter Galli Microsoft is still a young company with much to prove. Click here to watch the eWEEK Interview.If the Yahoo deal did go through, Ballmer said, one thing was clear: There would not be two of everything-not two search engines and not two advertising services. Asked by Kawasaki if he threw darts at pictures of the Google founders, Ballmer quickly retorted that he did not, but noted that his company did not see Google's presence in the desktop space or in the server and enterprise space. Apple did "a pretty good job, we also do a pretty good job, and at the end of the day, we have a much bigger footprint than Apple does. They will continue to do good work and we will continue to compete with vigor and energy," he said.