Microsoft Steve Ballmer talks about 'netbooks, Windows, Linux, Mac' at Financial Analyst

Speaking at Microsoft's annual Financial Analyst Meeting in Redmond, Washington, Steve Ballmer said that Microsoft, Intel, and PC makers "screwed up" by not delivering "cool" low-price, lightweight, high-performance laptops. Instead, he said, we’ve netbooks that do well on price, power, and "cool" factor, but fail on "super-small" screen and keyboard size. Ballmer promised a range of ultra-thin […]

Speaking at Microsoft's annual Financial Analyst Meeting in Redmond, Washington, Steve Ballmer said that Microsoft, Intel, and PC makers "screwed up" by not delivering "cool" low-price, lightweight, high-performance laptops. Instead, he said, we’ve netbooks that do well on price, power, and "cool" factor, but fail on "super-small" screen and keyboard size. Ballmer promised a range of ultra-thin laptops from PC makers in time for Christmas, for customers who want a full-size screen and keyboard when shopping for a netbook.[…] Ballmer also offered his take on the current competitive landscape for Windows, discussing the operating system's position against Apple, Linux and Google's Chrome and Android operating systems. Here's an audio excerpt, and see below for written excerpts. "We've been competing with Linux for a number of years," Ballmer said. "I want to describe our value proposition. We’re a high-volume player. We don't not, like Apple, believe in low-volume, very high prices. Apple's a great company does a fine job, but their model says high margin, high quality, high price, that's kinda how they come to market."