Barney's Blog

Blog archive

Ballmer on Cloud Nine and Windows 7

It's got to be great to be Steve Ballmer. He's obviously got plenty of dough and thousands of smart employees, and I highly doubt he ever flies coach. And because he's the CEO, he can say whatever he wants. Where others in Microsoft are gun-shy and afraid to say the wrong thing, Ballmer can be bombastic, insulting, fun and inspiring -- and he talks about details other execs would never disclose (at least, not without written permission, or perhaps after the product ships).

Case in point: At a recent Gartner event, Ballmer talked in general terms about Microsoft's upcoming cloud OS, one that will host Microsoft apps running over the Internet. He was more specific about Windows 7, indicating that it's really an extension of today's Vista but focusing on performance and what he calls "cleanup."

He added, "Essentially, the way I'd characterize it -- it's Windows Vista, a lot better. Windows Vista is good. Windows 7 is Windows Vista with cleanup and user interface, improvements in performance."

Posted by Doug Barney on 10/21/2008 at 1:16 PM


Featured

  • Azure DevOps Server 2019 Now at Release Candidate 2

    Microsoft released Azure DevOps Server 2019 Release Candidate 2 (RC2), according to a Tuesday announcement.

  • Cloud IT Infrastructure Spending Starting To Take the Lead

    IDC this month published findings on revenues from cloud IT infrastructure spending in the third quarter of 2018, based on server, storage and Ethernet switch sales.

  • How To Run Oculus Rift Apps in Windows Mixed Reality, Part 1

    A lack of apps has been the biggest thorn in the side of Microsoft's mixed reality efforts. One way to get around it is to use apps that were designed for Oculus Rift instead.

  • Windows 10 Mobile To Fall Out of Support in December

    Microsoft will end support for the Windows 10 Mobile operating system on Dec. 10, 2019, according to an announcement.

comments powered by Disqus
Most   Popular

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.