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Old 09-25-2007, 12:05 PM   #1
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Default How did MS become the biggest softco in the world?
when they advertised like this in the 1980's

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGvHNNOLnCk

Steve Balmer in 1986... Back then MS has to compete, so the software was pretty cheap.
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Old 09-25-2007, 01:24 PM   #2
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Looks like a spoof?
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Old 09-25-2007, 02:22 PM   #3
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Looks like a spoof?
Look at the other Balmer videos, sadly no.
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Old 09-25-2007, 02:48 PM   #4
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That's not an ad, it's home video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc4MzqBFxZE
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Old 09-25-2007, 05:27 PM   #5
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you can't exactly make fun of him because he killed that many companies and makes a lot more money than you do [surrender]


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR8SA...elated&search=
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Old 09-25-2007, 10:38 PM   #6
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ROFL what a spanner.
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Old 09-25-2007, 11:27 PM   #7
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That's not an ad, it's home video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc4MzqBFxZE
That's a different clip... and that's not a home video either, it's a dev conference.

The guy is a tool, no doubt. He used to drag people into the office on Easter Sunday to get 'Project Updates' just to make sure people were 'on-board' and 'comitted' - endless number of devs quit during the Chicago (Win95) project, entirely because of him, delaying it by years.

The guy is a loser. When he took over MS in 2000, the share price went from $57 to $23 and he also managed to get $7 billion knocked of the value of MS earlier this year when he attacked Wall St for being worried about Vista.

He's a prize turd... and I'd really like to know what he has over Gates, to have held he position for so long.
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Old 09-26-2007, 12:11 AM   #8
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That's a different clip... and that's not a home video either, it's a dev conference.

The guy is a tool, no doubt. He used to drag people into the office on Easter Sunday to get 'Project Updates' just to make sure people were 'on-board' and 'comitted' - endless number of devs quit during the Chicago (Win95) project, entirely because of him, delaying it by years.

The guy is a loser. When he took over MS in 2000, the share price went from $57 to $23 and he also managed to get $7 billion knocked of the value of MS earlier this year when he attacked Wall St for being worried about Vista.

He's a prize turd... and I'd really like to know what he has over Gates, to have held he position for so long.
Sounds like you're a little biased.
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Old 09-26-2007, 12:13 AM   #9
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Sounds like you're a little biased.
Sounds like I am the only person here to back up his opinions with facts.
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Old 09-26-2007, 12:30 AM   #10
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Sounds like I am the only person here to back up his opinions with facts.
Well I would venture a wild guess that he wasn't the sole reason that Microsoft's stock went down in 2000 as you suggested.
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Old 09-26-2007, 12:50 AM   #11
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Well I would venture a wild guess that he wasn't the sole reason that Microsoft's stock went down in 2000 as you suggested.
The buck stops at the top.
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Old 09-26-2007, 12:59 AM   #12
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Well I would venture a wild guess that he wasn't the sole reason that Microsoft's stock went down in 2000 as you suggested.
Yeah there is a bit of the post hoc fallacy there....
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Old 09-26-2007, 01:10 AM   #13
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He's absolutely insane, but would probably be tons of fun to drink with.

btw, every time I see softco from the thread title in the RC, I'm like, "wtf is MS the biggest softtaco in the world?"
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Old 09-26-2007, 02:28 AM   #14
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Well I would venture a wild guess that he wasn't the sole reason that Microsoft's stock went down in 2000 as you suggested.
One thing's for sure, the federal antitrust case had absolutely no play in the fact the stock went down. It was completely because of Balmer... right? [rofl]
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Old 09-26-2007, 03:19 AM   #15
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The buck stops at the top.
Really though the vast majority of tech companies experiened huge drops in 2000...
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:40 AM   #16
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Yeah there is a bit of the post hoc fallacy there....
What are you doing here?
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:48 AM   #17
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Interesting necro...
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:38 AM   #18
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I'm sold where do I pay ?
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:40 AM   #19
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Microsoft seems to be going back to its roots by charging less for their new OS (Windows 8). However, instead of shooting them towards the top of the fortune 500 I think it'll drive them into the ground. What a horrible day for computing.
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:28 AM   #20
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He's a prize turd... and I'd really like to know what he has over Gates, to have held he position for so long.
I'm with you on this one. He's like a really stupid Hank from Breaking Bad.
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