Google is Indecisive, Says Microsoft CEO

Steve Ballmer yesterday said that Google's attempt at entering the OS market was, "interesting." When the audience laughed, Ballmer insisted that he would be respectful of Google's efforts and said that the Chrome OS was "highly interesting" but went on to point out that Google already has an OS on the market (referring to Android).

"Who knows what this thing is? To me, the Chrome OS thing is highly interesting," Ballmer said, according to Reuters. "It won't happen for a year and a half and they already announced an operating system," he said, adding, "I don't know if they can't make up their mind or what the problem is over there, but the last time I checked, you don't need two client operating systems. It's good to have one."

As much as Ballmer is trying to laugh all this off, we're not sure he's right on the whole one operating system thing. Android is, after all, a mobile operating system for phones and Microsoft has Windows Mobile as well as Windows.

Check out the full story on Reuters.

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  • brendano257
    LOL Companies should only have one OS, and Microsoft has XP, Vista, and now Windows 7, all of them with 3 or more SKU's. He is not one to talk, he's most likely scared of how much they stand to use in the Netbook market if Chrome is more practical and better performing than Windows, which I find to be QUITE likely.
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  • zak_mckraken
    norbsYes, you actually have to know how to use an OS to be able to "do things" with it.


    Actually, it's quite the opposite. You shouldn't have to know how to use an OS, you should know how to use the software you need. I shouldn't need to "know" Windows to do Photoshop, I should know how to do photo editing. I shouldn't need to "know" OSX to do Final Cut, I should know how to do video editing. A good OS lets you do the things you really need to do without you thinking about the OS.
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  • duckmanx88
    O_o it's never a good sign when CEO's don't take competition seriously. i mean IE8 is a joke compared to chrome and FF.
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  • Parrdacc
    I use more than one OS. Windows for gaming and work. Linux for everything else that Windows can't do or won't do. Linux has come to the rescue so many times I just can't do without it.
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  • freak77power
    And what Linux can do and Windows can't. I can give list of 100s things Linux can't do that i can do under Windows.
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  • brendano257
    LOL Companies should only have one OS, and Microsoft has XP, Vista, and now Windows 7, all of them with 3 or more SKU's. He is not one to talk, he's most likely scared of how much they stand to use in the Netbook market if Chrome is more practical and better performing than Windows, which I find to be QUITE likely.
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