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April 30, 2007 at 10:17 AM

Ballmer on Gates, Vista and Google

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was interviewed at the University of Washington business school in a USA Today story today. He had some fun things to say. Here are some snippets of the interview, which you can find in its entirety here.

On Microsoft’s culture:

“I think Microsoft tends to err on the side of having less groupthink and more cacophony than most other places.”

On his relationship with Bill Gates:

“Brothers stick together; that doesn’t mean brothers are always having a simple and easy relationship. ”

On whether Vista is Microsoft’s last operating system:

“Nothing we’ve said should cause people to think that way. There will be a Vista. There will be a Vista plus one. There will be a Vista plus two, plus three.”

On Google’s products:

“They’ve come out with what I might call — what’s the politically correct way of saying it? — they’ve come out with some of the lowest functionality, lowest capability applications of all time.”

On missing the advertising boat:

“Really understanding the power of advertising as an Internet business model we came to later than I wish we had. That’s the No. 1 thing I regret. We underinvested in some opportunities for a while.”

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