Ballmer makes a scene over an iPhone during private meeting

Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, is known for pulling some pretty interesting stunts and making direct comments putting down competitors of Microsoft. For example his comment back in July stating that Apple's Mac growth is a "rounding error". The war between the two companies have been going on for years now, and yesterday Ballmer pulled yet another stunt at a private company meeting at Seattle's Safeco Field.

According to Todd Bishop over at TechFlash, Ballmer was taking the stage for the event and "he spotted someone at field level, allegedly a member of the Windows group, using an iPhone to take his picture. Ballmer grabbed the Apple device from the employee and made some funny remarks as everyone booed. Then he put it on the ground and pretended to stomp on it, before walking away."

After Ballmer was finished up his stunt, important details were announced at the event. Bing 2.0 was the main highlight of the meeting, and according to some tweets from employees of Microsoft, it will be powered by Silverlight.

Update: Engadget claim to have the picture taken from the iPhone above Ballmer's head:

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Billus said,
Bahahaha best phone on the market, please, you gotta stop kidding yourself

Actually you need to stop kidding yourself, nothing from the Android camp, Palm or Windows Mobile comes close.

bob_c_b said,
Actually you need to stop kidding yourself, nothing from the Android camp, Palm or Windows Mobile comes close.

Your right, their miles ahead. The iPhone just recently got copy and paste and mms, something which has been around for quite a few years. The iPhone may look nice but it lacks some serious features *cough* multitasking

bob_c_b said,
Actually you need to stop kidding yourself, nothing from the Android camp, Palm or Windows Mobile comes close.

I'd say Android comes close, but it seriously irritates me to see people so blindly negative towards the iPhone. I guess it's their loss at the end of the day, if they prefer inferior products because of a brand, so be it.

C_Guy said,
If someone took a laptop with Windows to a private Apple meeting you can bet Stevie would be praised all around for doing much worse. That's just the double-standard that we live in.


well as long as its a macbook running windows...they do beat alot of other laptops at things like Vista boot times, after all...

Billus said,
Your right, their miles ahead. The iPhone just recently got copy and paste and mms, something which has been around for quite a few years. The iPhone may look nice but it lacks some serious features *cough* multitasking

Yeah, so even without those aspects, it was clearly superior to any phone on the market. You can pretend that it isn't, but the facts don't lie. Unlike Windows, people don't have to get an iphone, but they still do. 50 million iphone and touches to date, an amazing success. They did it by having the best hardware and software. Sure, blackberry are up there as well. Microsoft has nothing even close.

Julius Caro said,
They should stop hating on the iphone and make something useful out of the remains of windows mobile.
And what happened to the zune phone idea? That would've been clever.

It's humor and he is just making fun imo, people don't get offended here. I bet Nvidia CEO will not have a smile on his face if folks working there are also playing with the ATI 4870 for example. It's Apple vs MS war. Same as Intel vs AMD and Nvidia vs ATI/AMD.

Balmer is "old skool" US sales. I have an intense dislike of the methods he uses as they have caused no end of damage to our economy here in the UK since they were imported during the 80s. However anyone employed by microsoft should have insight to realise waving an iphone at the bloke isnt going to get a pat on the back.

I just love how people with no life and with pizza sauce on their shirts typing in front of their crappy monitors think they are so clever and believe that Ballmer is just a stupid moron. Running a giant company such as microsoft, which has thousands of employees and competing in so many markets, is not a piece of cake guys.

tele-fragd said,
I get your point, but why would you assume that everyone here fits your 'pathetic geek' stereotype?

I certainly don't mean everyone fits to the same description. My post only concerns that do fit to the description ;-)

LOL I'm having pizza tonight but I won't have no pizza sauce on my shirt. And has for crappy monitor - who gives a flying **** what hardware someone has, maybe it's all they can afford.
However I agree about the rest of your comment. But then, maybe I agree because I do have some form of a life, and don't spill pizza sauce down me, and use a half-decent monitor.
Oh dear.

Umm, big ****in deal? Seriously, it sounds like it was a joke, and probably pretty funny to witness. And even on the off-chance it weren't, what does it matter?

Putting an emotionally unrestrained ex-Car Salesman in the CEO seat for Microsoft was not one of their better ideas. I doubt this will be the last outburst we hear of this year at [apple/google/yahoo/other sucessful tech company].

I think he's desperately trying to "break the mould" of how to be a CEO [E.g. Richard Branson] but in a bad way.

@spenser.d:
Of course it's a big deal. Ballmer should have brought his *own* iPhone rather than illegally snatching & toying around with someone else's.

Anyway, who uses Silverlight? Probably nobody, Except the M$ fans and Windows 7 adoptors.

jjypk said,
@spenser.d:
Of course it's a big deal. Ballmer should have brought his *own* iPhone rather than illegally snatching & toying around with someone else's.

Anyway, who uses Silverlight? Probably nobody, Except the M$ fans and Windows 7 adoptors.

are you living under a rock? Even netflix will be implementing silverlight by the end of this year.
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/03/netflix-updates/

Just think about it, Smart Phones are something that Microsoft have been trying to make mainstream for the last 10 years and Apple walks in drops a single phone and everyone is like its the 2nd coming of Jesus. Apple don't even need to do advertisements for it, it's in like every movie and tv show everyone who is anyone has one. Just the other day Sprint CEO (Sprint has the Palm Pre exclusive in US) spoke to Charlie Rose and said and I quote 'You cant compare anything to the iPhone' He made the conclusion that its in an entire league of its own and this is the CEO of Sprint selling a direct competitor to the iPhone.

I'm not surprised Ballmer went off tap and grabbed a guys iPhone from the crowd every Windows Mobile meeting he ever sits in on has the iPhone mentioned guaranteed.

He should really start ignoring this stuff. It's making him look bad... What he should focus on is not the iPhone, but Microsoft's iPhone killer... The direction they're taking Windows Mobile and the Zune OS in for instance is very interesting. It sounds like they finally get it... THAT'S what they should be focusing on...

Sometimes also ignoring stuff makes one look bad, like for example:

Why neowin did not mention the newest apple ad ?!

because it has no way of approaching it to be criticized?
or it does not have the potential to start a flame war?

Pink Waters said,
Sometimes also ignoring stuff makes one look bad, like for example:

Why neowin did not mention the newest apple ad ?!

because it has no way of approaching it to be criticized?
or it does not have the potential to start a flame war?

Hm... I actually hadn't seen the latest ad... But I am going to check that out now...

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