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.
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
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
"I think Vista was the right thing,"
said Ballmer. "You can talk about some of the compatibility issues, but we have
over 180 million users, and this has been the fastest accepted operating system
that we have ever done. I know that it is not without controversy, but it has
been extremely successful. [Internet Explorer] 7 is a major step forward, and
IE 8 is going to be a major step forward, as well as Office 2007."
Ballmer also brushed off concerns that Windows 7 will just
be a ramp-up or slightly cleaned-up version of Vista.
Ballmer said Microsoft engineers have worked to improve the user interface of
the new operating system, allow for more use of touch and multitouch
functionality, offer better tools for managing applications, and increase the
overall performance of the OS.