It would be easy for me to jump on the bandwagon, that’s going to gain momentum today, from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s recent comments on Google.
“They are trying to double in a year,” Ballmer told a crowd of Stanford Graduate School of Business students on Thursday. “That’s insane in my opinion.”
Focusing on that comment would be like shooting fish in a barrel. More interesting are Ballmer’s back-handed compliments that appear to send a message to the media (and investors) that Microsoft was once like Google, and that the world’s largest search engine may too become like the Redmond software company.
“They do a lot of cute things,” Ballmer said, to huge laughs from the business students. “We do a lot of cute things too,” he said. “We have a robotics effort.”
“Google is in the part of the cycle where they are milking,” Ballmer said, acknowledging that’s a fun stage. “That was the 1990s for us… or I would say the 1980s and 1990s.”
And what he’s probably thinking…
“We were loved back in the early ’80s, everyone thought we were cool too, remember? You just wait until Google reaches our size and starts monopolizing industries. All of us at Microsoft are waiting for that day, so we can welcome them to the club.”