Just As I Thought

Windows 7, as in 1987

Another gem from Microsoft’s increasingly delusional Steve Ballmer on the auspicious debut of Windows 7:

“Let’s face it, the Internet was designed for the PC. The Internet is not designed for the iPhone,” Ballmer said. “That’s why they’ve got 75,000 applications — they’re all trying to make the Internet look decent on the iPhone.”

“The Internet” is a network, Mr. Ballmer, not a “product.” It works equally well for a PC, iPhone, toaster, or networked lawn mower.

Let’s translate what he really means:
“We have dithered around so long without real innovation that our current model of using the internet requires you to sit down at home or work in front of a crappy Windows PC rather than use it wherever and whenever you want, when you need it.”

In other words, he’s defending a status quo that’s more than a decade old, one that arrived with 24K modems and AOL floppy discs.

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