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"Our number one thing is supplying products to consumers," says Steve Ballmer (MSFT) in his...

"Our number one thing is supplying products to consumers," says Steve Ballmer (MSFT) in his latest interview. To justify his stance, Ballmer notes 65% of PC sales and 75% of Office usage involves consumers. BI's Jay Yarow doesn't like what he's hearing, given the pace at which consumer PC sales are being cannibalized. One could also point out Windows/Office ASPs are higher for enterprises, and that Microsoft's Server & Tools unit is enterprise-focused. Asked whether he's pleased with Surface sales, Ballmer would only say he's "super-glad [Microsoft] did Surface."
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  • wigit5
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    lol 'super-glad'
    20 Feb 2013, 01:59 PM Reply Like
  • silverscreen
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    I'm glad that MS does the Surface.
    20 Feb 2013, 02:02 PM Reply Like
  • Yokyok
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    there is no reason for consumers to pay for office
    20 Feb 2013, 02:20 PM Reply Like
  • raknarf44
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    Let me fix that for you - "There is no reason for ME to pay for office"
    20 Feb 2013, 04:29 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    lol raknarf44,
    I started to reply to him then though that responding to the stupidity of the comment might only perpetuate the problem...
    20 Feb 2013, 04:32 PM Reply Like
  • bronzefury
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    I'm glad they finally came out with it, too. Bought Surface Pro + Type Keyboard + minDisplay2VGA adapter. Expensive I know but its the right price for me.
    20 Feb 2013, 06:38 PM Reply Like
  • tlipscomb555
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    Microsoft has issues with their Surfaces, such as thier price point (too high), and they don’t provide enough memory after the Windows 8 O/S has been installed for practical usage. – As a long time Microsoft supporter, I am greatly disappointed. I view these primary issues as fixable.
    20 Feb 2013, 06:40 PM Reply Like
  • tlipscomb555
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    Microsoft has some issues with their Surfaces, such as their price point is too high, and they don’t provide enough space after the Windows 8 O/S has been installed for practical usage. – As a long time Microsoft supporter, I am greatly disappointed. I view these major issues as fixable.
    20 Feb 2013, 06:41 PM Reply Like
  • silverscreen
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    tlip: the storage issue is a non-issue for most people. I agree on the price though. It is too high to be a "household" item. My biggest gripe about the Surface Pro is battery life. Otherwise, I am very happy with my purchase.
    20 Feb 2013, 08:34 PM Reply Like
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