Ballmer calls Dropbox a "little startup"; won't comment on Office for iPad

The launch of Office 2013 and Office 365 Home Premium this week is naturally a big deal for Microsoft. While Office 2013 alone would be a milestone for the company, Microsoft's biggest pitch is really for the new consumer version of Office 365, with its cloud-based features and its yearly subscription.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talked about these aspects in a new interview with Businessweek.com, but one of the questions suggested that Microsoft was coming into the cloud business behind other companies. One specific business that was mentioned was Dropbox, which now has 100 million registered users.

The comparison didn't seem to sit well with Ballmer, who is quoted as saying:

Well, you’ve got to remember, 100 million sounds like a pretty small number to me, actually. We’ve got a lot more Office users. And actually if you even want to go to the cloud, we have a lot of Hotmail and SkyDrive users. I’m not beating on Dropbox. They’re a fine little startup and that’s great.

Ballmer also defended the company's recent $1.2 billion acquisition of Yammer, saying that he was "delighted" with the purchase but admitted, "We have a lot of work to do." He completely dodged a question concerning bringing Office to the iPad, stating, "I have nothing to say on that topic."

Source: Businessweek.com | Image via Microsoft

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MS Hardware division = $Billion Business
MS Windows division = $Billion Business
MS Office division = $Billion Business
MS Enterprise division = $Billion Business.

Yeh, I totally see how these are all "failures."

Nas said,
MS Hardware division = $Billion Business
MS Windows division = $Billion Business
MS Office division = $Billion Business
MS Enterprise division = $Billion Business.

Yeh, I totally see how these are all "failures."

Remember that a billion dollar business usually has billion of hungry (or angry) mouths to feed.

The problem with releasing Office on iPad is that it may encourage people to buy: iPads! Not what Microsoft want now that they're also a (tablet PC) hardware company.

Ballmer is an idiot. At least dropbox has yet to remove the pics of me and my nudist wife we took last year in Florida. Skydrive can go to hell.

Fl3x1bl3 said,
At least dropbox has yet to remove the pics of me and my nudist wife we took last year in Florida. Skydrive can go to hell.

yeah can't uploaded that on Skydrive even if those were marked as private which can only be downloaded by uploader login-authentification.

Skydrive's staff did regularly checks the content of uploaded files,
if they don't like what they found, your Skydrive account will be suspended.

No privacy in Skydrive.
Very likely content in skydrive being actively data-mined by M$ to make list of users profiles & their field of interest.

Fl3x1bl3 said,
Ballmer is an idiot. At least dropbox has yet to remove the pics of me and my nudist wife we took last year in Florida. Skydrive can go to hell.

Pics or it didn't happen.

ms does here some service for you. see it as self protection from total dumbness. why on earth does someone upload pictures being naked himself or from a naked family member to the C.L.O.U.D. ?? come on - thats just plain stupid.

typu said,
ms does here some service for you. see it as self protection from total dumbness. why on earth does someone upload pictures being naked himself or from a naked family member to the C.L.O.U.D. ?? come on - thats just plain stupid.

YOUR OPINION says its stupid. Not everyone is a close minded person. Every human is the exact same, and if your offended by the sight of a human, then you don't have to look. Religion be damned.

take as many of such photos as it pleases you. that is not my point.

my point is - cloud storage is not secure at all and no matter how open minded you are, you do not want naked pictures of your family floating around the internet. worst case visible to everyone.

Torolol said,

yeah can't uploaded that on Skydrive even if those were marked as private which can only be downloaded by uploader login-authentification.

Skydrive's staff did regularly checks the content of uploaded files,
if they don't like what they found, your Skydrive account will be suspended.

No privacy in Skydrive.
Very likely content in skydrive being actively data-mined by M$ to make list of users profiles & their field of interest.

I don't know what this mDollar company is, but as far as MS and skydrive go, no one is manually looking at your pictures, they're scanned by automated routines that look for certain characteristics in the pictures.

It's kind of ridiculous to think that they have millions of people looking at the billions of pictures uploaded as well.

As for avoiding having them tagged by the system, windows has this built int system that lets you pack them in something called zip files.

dropbox will probably disappear in a few years,while Microsoft will not. I don't think I will trust some small time company with my files and data . And plus,skydrive is way better. Its integrated with everything windows,from office,to email,to bing. Its also multiplatform, except for the insignificant and irrelevant Linux.

But of course,all the anti-Microsoft or the pro android/Linux guys will try to sell you on how anything not Microsoft is the greatest thing to ever exist.

I should add, dropbox already ****ed up when they screwed something up ,and everyones files were available to download for 4 hours. Such a security breach is unforgivable. Adding to the fact that dropboxs own employees got hacked doesn't give faith in using their services.

Dropbox IS a little startup! It's true! And so is Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and so on.

Steve Ballmer just stated a fact and people are reporting it as if he made a derogatory statement. Sigh.

I'm a daily user of both Dropbox and Skydrive, and I can say with a lot of confidence that Dropbox, despite being a "little start-up", has a vastly superior desktop client and more powerful web interface. It seems that SkyDrive only cares about doing the bare minimum to me, syncing folders (excluding shared ones). Dropbox seems to set the bar higher, pushing SkyDrive to get basic features like Selective Sync.
But in the end, both are more stable than Google Drive... *shudder*. I've had to re-download everything twice on my machines because of Google's Drive's desktop client crashing.

Dropbox definitely is a start-up, I will give Ballmer that but it is expanding rapidly and with more widespread as well as a vareity of services. But if I must make a comparison, it should be between Office 365 and Dropbox's integration with GroupDocs. And personally, I find collective capabilities of Dropbox and GroupDocs way practical as well as usable compared to Office 365. But we'll just have to wait as both services evolve to know the ultimate winner.

http://groupdocs.com/blog/grou...h-groupdocs-apps-suite.html

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