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Steve Ballmer, the energetic CEO of Microsoft, recently had some powerful fighting words to say regarding Apple and the new Microsoft Surface tablet. Mr. Ballmer recently spoke at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, and had this to say, “We are trying to make absolutely clear we are not going to leave any space uncovered to Apple." He further elaborated,
“We are not going to let any piece of this [go uncontested] … not the consumer cloud. Not hardware software innovation. We are not leaving any of that to Apple by itself. Not going to happen. Not on our watch.
Regarding the new tension with Microsoft's OEM partners because of the Surface, he also said,
“We do feel empowered to innovate everywhere and bring our partners with us. We’re not going to leave any stone unturned, so to speak, as we pursue that.”
Finally, when questioned about the possibility of a Microsoft designed Windows Phone he said,
“Right now we are working real hard on the Surface. That’s the focus. That’s our core” he pointed out. “Look, we’ll see what happens. We have good partners with Nokia, [HTC] in the phone space. I love what we’ve got going on with the Surface. We are going to focus on Surface and our other Windows 8 Tablet partners and see if we can go make something happen.”
It's encouraging to see Ballmer coming out strong gunning directly for Apple. What do you guys think? Does the Surface have what it takes to take the iPad down a notch or two?