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Steve Ballmer was his usual blustery-self in an interview with Steven Burke of CRN.Ballmer was talking about the Surface tablet and going head to head against Apple. He says Microsoft will leave no “stone unturned” as they fight Apple.
The important thing is that Microsoft realises Apple is eating its lunch and it’s ready to fight back.
“We are trying to make absolutely clear we are not going to leave any space uncovered to Apple … We are not. No space uncovered that is Apple’s.
“We have our advantages in productivity. We have our advantages in terms of enterprise management, manageability. We have got our advantages in terms of when you plug into server infrastructure in the enterprise.
“But we are not going to let any piece of this [go uncontested to Apple]. 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.
“We do feel empowered to innovate everywhere and bring our partners with us. We are just not going to leave any — what’s the expression people like to use — We’re not going to leave any stone unturned, so to speak, as we pursue that.”