Microsoft's Ballmer Defends Windows Vista, Slaps Google
On the last day of the 2008 Gartner expo, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer defends the software giant's Windows Vista operating system and claims that the adoption rate is better than when Windows XP first rolled out. Ballmer also tells the audience that Google Apps do not offer the same type of functionality as Microsoft Office.ORLANDO, Fla.-At a talk before thousands of IT professionals at Gartner's annual expo, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer defended the company's rollout of its Windows Vista operating system nearly two years after the OS was delivered to negative reviews. Ballmer, speaking at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo here Oct. 16, Ballmer used a familiar Microsoft line in defending Vista. He told the audience that Vista was being adopted faster in both the consumer market and the enterprise than when the company rolled out the XP operating system. Just before the talk, Gartner analysts Neil MacDonald and David Smith told the audience that only 10 percent of enterprises have adopted Vista.
Those statistics did not deter Ballmer, who pushed a hard sales pitch and urged those enterprises not to wait for the release of Microsoft's next operating system-Windows 7-but to adopt Vista now. He added that Vista will be compatible with the Windows 7 operating system. Ballmer said concerns about security meant that Vista would not work with certain applications and caused some compatibility problems.