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Notable quotes about Microsoft, Oracle and others in the software industry ecosystem

By September 1, 2013Uncategorized
[C]ompare Microsoft’s place today to where Apple was in 1997, when Steve Jobs came back, and it’s clear the company has everything in hand to become a formidable competitor again. – Steve Henn, NPR News columnist
Decades of abusive bullying have transformed the PC software ecosystem into a virtual desert. There are more than 1 billion PCs out there but, aside from a handful of huge firms like Adobe, Intuit and Microsoft itself, very few developers are working to figure out innovative things that you can do with your PC. Even adding an app to your PC is a nightmare. You download software from Oracle and you end up with crap-ware installed on your Web browser and a half-dozen programs you didn’t want. That needs to change. The PC needs a software marketplace that works for consumers and entrepreneurs. – Steve Henn, NPR News columnist
Oh, you know, I’ve actually had a chance to make a lot of mistakes … but I would say probably the thing I regret most is the, what shall I call it, the loopedy-loo that we did that was sort of Longhorn to Vista. I would say that’s probably the thing I regret most. And, you know, there are side effects of that when you tie up a big team to do something that doesn’t prove out to be as valuable. – Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft