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Ballmer Makes Fun of iPhone-touting Employee

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What happens when you wave an iPhone around in Steve Ballmer's face? He makes a complete show of you, that's what.

Microsoft had its company meeting in Seattle this week; and apparently, Steve Ballmer's entrance was comparable to all those YouTube clips we've seen of the excitable CEO. TechFlash reports that while he was running around, whooping and high-fiving everyone he could reach, someone from the Windows team tried to take a picture of him with an iPhone. Uh oh, spaghetti-oh.

While a staff member in attendance says Ballmer "placed the iPhone down gently and walked away from it," TechFlash reports that Ballmer grabbed the Apple device from the employee and made some funny remarks as everyone booed. The report goes on to say Ballmer put the phone on the ground and pretended to stomp on it, before walking away. Ballmer is said to have referred to the episode again during his presentation, teasing the person and making it clear that he hadn't forgotten what happened.

Wow. So Bill Gates won't let his kids have iPods and Steve Ballmer threatens to smash iPhones. I wonder how they feel about Android phones?

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    chaohsiangchen , September 11, 2009 6:43 PM
    Mr. Ballmer could have sued the employee for endangering others by carrying an explosive device.

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    gereth , September 11, 2009 6:34 PM
    I make fun of my friends who have iPhones too. Talk about lemmings. This doesn't really surprise me, I'm glad MS can joke about it in front of the media.
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    Jerky_san , September 11, 2009 6:34 PM
    Having a competing companies product at a company meeting probably wasn't the smartest move for the employee.. Although it would seem Ballmer kept his cool..
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    timaahhh , September 11, 2009 6:28 PM
    That is an awfully bold move by the employee, seems like he was trying to provoke a response rather then just take a picture. Glad Ballmer didn't crush the iphone though. Would have looked really bad.
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    jerther , September 11, 2009 6:33 PM
    Hahaha man I like Ballmer :D 
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    Jerky_san , September 11, 2009 6:34 PM
    Having a competing companies product at a company meeting probably wasn't the smartest move for the employee.. Although it would seem Ballmer kept his cool..
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    gereth , September 11, 2009 6:34 PM
    I make fun of my friends who have iPhones too. Talk about lemmings. This doesn't really surprise me, I'm glad MS can joke about it in front of the media.
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    Hanin33 , September 11, 2009 6:36 PM
    that picture needs a 'wassssssuppppp!' caption in it... i know it was annoying from the commercials but that picture is just screaming it!
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    Honis , September 11, 2009 6:38 PM
    Anyone want to bet this may have been staged?

    Assuming it wasn't staged, the employee is probably happy to still be an employee. When you only have a hand full of competitors in a market it's usually blasphemy to support the competition even just a little.
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    chaohsiangchen , September 11, 2009 6:43 PM
    Mr. Ballmer could have sued the employee for endangering others by carrying an explosive device.

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    hellwig , September 11, 2009 6:44 PM
    gerethI make fun of my friends who have iPhones too.

    LOL.

    Why would you need a picture of Ballmer? I ran into the guy in an elevator once, he's just human.

    I do like Balmer's enthusiasm, even if it is for Microsoft. If you have a big company, you want your CEO to be as excited and loyal to your product as possible. Its better than the opposite, where every day your CEO just tries to change his current company into his former company.
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    danish_2828 , September 11, 2009 7:26 PM
    I'm betting it was staged. Especially since Windows Mobile 6.5 is about to be formally released. I bet the first thing they talked about after that was Windows Mobile 6.5.

    Wow, it's a big year for MS: Windows Mobile 6.5, Zune HD, and Windows 7.

    I still don't understand why they call 6.5. The platform looks even more different then when they went from 5 to 6.
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    jellico , September 11, 2009 7:27 PM
    There's no love lost between Apple and Microsoft... that's old news.

    Ballmer cracks me up, though. He's the antithesis to Steve Jobs stoic, serious-cat, I'm-Steve-Jobs-I'm-an-artist-and-I'm-better-than-you persona.
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    frozenlead , September 11, 2009 7:36 PM
    Ballmer is baller.
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    Major7up , September 11, 2009 7:47 PM
    I think it's funny, he is not a douche and it is not poor taste. Microsoft is a business and it should be pumped about it's own products (whether or not they are worthy) and demonstrate confidence in them. I would have done the same thing. Now if I took a WinMo phone to a Mac event I would be booed and criticized into oblivion for sullying the event with such a device. I have personally witnessed this on more than one occasion.
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    thackstonns , September 11, 2009 7:54 PM
    I dont like apple, but I guess if I am the CEO of Microsoft and see that my employees are using an apple product, I think I would just make a phone that is better than the competition. (Not a crappy os Like windows mobile with that little frigging x that you have to touch.) Maybe if He said hey why do you use that phone instead of a windows mobile phone they could improve that windows mobile experiance.
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    jellico , September 11, 2009 8:00 PM
    etichiLook at Ballmer and realize why America is not #1 anymore. The guy has no self respect. All this, "the guy has Enthusiasm, etc, etc". They guy acts like a F'ing clown for a CHIEF of a major company.

    Just out of curiousity, since you seem to be an in-the-know and all, if America isn't #1 anymore (and I assume we're talking about computer technology, since that's the context), then who is?
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