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Microsoft: That's OK, We Still Make More Profits

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer not rattled by Apple's overtake.

This week's stock market showed that Apple had finally climbed over Microsoft to become the world's largest tech company in terms of market capitalization. While that sort of thing could worry Microsoft, CEO Steve Ballmer isn't worried at all.

"I will make more profits and certainly there is no technology company in the planet which is as profitable as we are," Ballmer said to the Wall Street Journal. "Stock markets will take care of the rest."

"We are executing very well," he said. "That's going to lead to great products and great success."

Now there's a rumor that Steve Ballmer will be joining his Steve-counterpart at Apple's WWDC on June 7 for some sort of announcement. Could there be enough room on the stage for such a bold, Steve duet? Apparently not.

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    xantek24 , May 28, 2010 11:41 AM
    I hope he knee kicks jobs in the balls
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    joytech22 , May 28, 2010 11:41 AM
    Both companies are great, but who started the biggest operating system boom of all time? Nuff said.
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    SchizoFrog , May 28, 2010 12:14 PM
    This all stinks of little kids shouting out 'My Dad's car is better than your Dad's car!'...

    To be honest I don't give a crap about which company makes the most money. What I care about is who offers me the best products for the lower price to my own pocket.

    Although now that Apple has surpassed MS I would like to see the DOJ even things up a bit and apply the same priciples that they have attacked MS with over the last decade. Lets see how Apple handles such negative and consistant press.
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    Anonymous , May 28, 2010 11:17 AM
    I still believe bill gate is more talent leading microsoft than this guy. he look fat and greedy. sorry about that. does he really care about technology beside money?
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    anamaniac , May 28, 2010 11:25 AM
    jjtosonI still believe bill gate is more talent leading microsoft than this guy. he look fat and greedy. sorry about that. does he really care about technology beside money?

    Now what do you have to be sorry about?
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    xurwin , May 28, 2010 11:40 AM
    ^ true.nuff said. look at that face.the face of the future of microsoft.
  • 31 Hide
    xantek24 , May 28, 2010 11:41 AM
    I hope he knee kicks jobs in the balls
  • 28 Hide
    joytech22 , May 28, 2010 11:41 AM
    Both companies are great, but who started the biggest operating system boom of all time? Nuff said.
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    xantek24 , May 28, 2010 11:44 AM
    xurwin^ true.nuff said. look at that face.the face of the future of microsoft.


    doesn't he remind you of the penguin from batman?
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    Anonymous , May 28, 2010 11:49 AM
    I just read, while going #2, a shampoo bottle that sounded a lot like Apple. 9 out of 10 people PERCEIVE a thickening EFFECT.

    Notice those distinct key words? Apple is a closed minded company, with a holier than thou attitude. Like god blessed the ground they walk on.

    Microsoft releases Software (and peripherals [minor hardware]) and Apple is OS and Hardware (overpriced I might add), and iTunes store...

    And Microsoft still makes more money than them. Suck it Apple.
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    xurwin , May 28, 2010 11:50 AM
    xantek24doesn't he remind you of the penguin from batman?
    THIS? ballmer lookalike?
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    carnini , May 28, 2010 11:57 AM
    Who bought an OS people like my parents can use WITHOUT having to spend a rediculous amount of money, it sure was not apple. Microsoft may get knocked, but they did allow people to afford a computer. My parents don't need to spend $1000 on an apple laptop when a windows installed one for 400 will do the trick. All do to mass market of microsoft.
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    SchizoFrog , May 28, 2010 12:14 PM
    This all stinks of little kids shouting out 'My Dad's car is better than your Dad's car!'...

    To be honest I don't give a crap about which company makes the most money. What I care about is who offers me the best products for the lower price to my own pocket.

    Although now that Apple has surpassed MS I would like to see the DOJ even things up a bit and apply the same priciples that they have attacked MS with over the last decade. Lets see how Apple handles such negative and consistant press.
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    lightbulbsocket , May 28, 2010 12:22 PM
    "there is no technology company in the planet"

    Anyone else think that's why it seems like some of them have their heads buried in the sand sometimes?
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    averagejoe_1984 , May 28, 2010 12:25 PM
    Its not surprising for a company that charges $100+ for a product every computer has to have. (if purchased separately from the PC, it is cheaper for lower priced retail PCs) Sure you could use Linux, but not if you want to actually use your computer to do things like play games and run popular software.
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    Kelavarus , May 28, 2010 12:41 PM
    lightbulbsocket"there is no technology company in the planet"Anyone else think that's why it seems like some of them have their heads buried in the sand sometimes?


    No, it's perfectly reasonable. For quite a few years now that statement will hold true, even if Apple surpasses them in profits. Unless Jobs has a giant underground lair. Not quite a Bat Cave, an Apple Core? Well played, Ballmer, brilliant choice of words.
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    Anonymous , May 28, 2010 12:42 PM
    averagejoe_1984:

    Shouldn't they be allowed to charge for their legitimate work? Why don't you work for free then?
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    kelemvor4 , May 28, 2010 12:57 PM
    Microsoft and apple are both doing horrible things to the tech industry. Microsoft already got their asses handed to them by the DOJ. Until the DOJ reins in apple, BOYCOTT APPLE!
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    lamorpa , May 28, 2010 12:58 PM
    averagejoe_1984Its not surprising for a company that charges $100+ for a product every computer has to have.

    Are you suggesting that because every computer has to have it, it should be cheap or free? Sounds similar to the 'argument' people use when they try to justify stealing copyrighted media.
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    jednx01 , May 28, 2010 1:02 PM
    Bill Gates made this company... I'm not sure how well they will do once he is out of the picture...
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    Maxor127 , May 28, 2010 1:14 PM
    I highly doubt Microsoft has higher profits than Apple. He's probably thinking more of total revenue, which doesn't mean anything if you have more expenses.
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    insider3 , May 28, 2010 1:15 PM
    That picture made the whole article come to life.
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    Sabiancym , May 28, 2010 1:45 PM
    Please point me to the Microsoft store where I can buy a microsoft built PC.

    If I were microsoft, I'd start building clean looking PCs, calling them something French, and have these art school kids pay $4000 a piece for them.
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