Veteran Microsoft reporter Mary Jo Foley has a good interview in Fortune with retiring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and other Microsoft execs in which they talk about Ballmer’s legacy.
Ballmer has said for a while now that he considers Longhorn — the codename for what became Windows Vista — his biggest regret while at Microsoft.
In the Fortune interview, Ballmer also talked about what he considered to be his greatest successes.
Chief among them: That he made a boatload of money for the company.
In the Fortune article, he says:
“In the last five years, probably Apple has made more money than we have. But in the last 13 years, I bet we’ve made more money than almost anybody on the planet. And that, frankly, is a great source of pride to me.”
Also sources of pride to him: “mostly good” acquisitions, requiring more business justification for products that go to market, settling antitrust suits and getting into the living room gaming and entertainment market with the Xbox.
You can read the full story here.