#MicrosoftSurface #SteveBallmer – Steve Ballmer Talks About Microsoft Surface, Phones And His Strained Relationship With Bill Gates : Microsoft is riding high these days under CEO Satya Nadella. The company is firmly entrenched in the cloud business.
Has deftly transitioned its software products to a subscription model for its most profitable customers, invested heavily in deep learning and advanced AI technologies, and is finally seeing some of the fruits of its investment into the Surface family of first-party hardware.
As a result, Microsoft shares closed at an all-time high of $61 in late October (the company is still not far off that mark today at $59.15). With all that is going right at Microsoft these days, Bloomberg decided to have a talk with the man that previously headed Microsoft: Steve Ballmer.
Ballmer took over the helm at Microsoft in 2000, replacing Bill Gates, and held that position until February 4th, 2014 when he handed the keys to the palace to Nadella.B allmer started off the interview talking about his relationship with Gates.
Ballmer indicated that he and Gates began drifting apart once he replaced him as CEO, partly because the two butted heads on where to devote resources at the company and partly because “Bill didn’t know how to work for anybody, and I didn’t know how to manage Bill.”
The pair at times seemed inseparable from the early days of Microsoft, but they shared a “brotherly relationship in the good parts and the bad parts” added Ballmer.
Gates was staunchly against the Surface tablet and the decision to get into hardware. Microsoft had previously stuck mainly to providing software for its OEM partners, which produced the hardware. With Surface, Microsoft would be taking the Apple approach of overseeing the design and development of the entire product.