Yesterday It was no surprise to me when he Blasted on Google for Chrome OS. This time it was at Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans, he made his first public comments about Google’s Chrome OS — and to no one’s surprised, he’s not really moved by it. (P.S. He cannot be moved by a bulldozer too 😉 )
Here is a complete transcript of Ballmer’s comments as in Microsoft’s video of the conference based on Betanews:
First of all, I will be…what’s the right word?…I will be respectful. Who knows what this thing is? To me, the Chrome OS thing is highly interesting. It won’t happen for a year and a half, and they already announced an operating system. I don’t know if they can’t make up their mind or what the problem is over there, but the last time I checked, you don’t need two client operating systems. We tried it before – Windows 95 and Windows NT. It’s good to have one. So I can’t, I don’t really don’t know what’s up at Google.
Let me comment, though, about our own situation: What we really do understand is that the model of the future brings together the best of today’s rich client Windows-style applications and some of the things that people consider the best of the Web. People like the deployment model, you click on a link and you get your application deployed. People like the notion that, kind of, the globe from an information perspective, and a people perspective, is built in. And people like the richness and visualization and responsiveness and offline characteristics of the Windows applications. So as we talk about where we’re going, we don’t need a new operating system. What we need to do is to continue to evolve Windows, Windows applications, IE [Internet Explorer], the way IE works in totality with Windows, and how we build applications like Office, like the stuff we showed here, and we need to make sure we can bring our customers and partners with us.
The truth of the matter is, there’s good data that actually says that about 50% of the time, somebody’s on their PC, at least 50% they’re not doing something in the Web browser. So what we need is an operating system that brings local richness together with the Internet, and Windows is the operating system for the job.
There is an Irony here. This last comment is from the company who had at one time professed the “Fusion” of the Web browser with “Everything you do.”
Now if google does this first, Ballmer hates the concept. Now that was expected.