Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says the company is consistently beating Google in online productivity and communications applications, a market where the Redmond company’s Office 365 service is going head-to-head with Google Apps.

“If you look at it, when it comes to enterprises moving to the cloud, the first thing people tend to look at is productivity and communications,” said Ballmer at the Web 2.0 Summit yesterday, when asked about Microsoft’s progress in cloud computing. “We are winning, winning, winning, winning, winning. Doesn’t mean the other guys don’t win a couple, but man, we’re successful.”

The “other guys” are Google the vast majority of the time, Ballmer said.

That comment about cloud computing, at the 11-minute mark in the video above, is one of several remarks making headlines following Ballmer’s appearance.

Later, for example, interviewer John Battelle of Federated Media asked Ballmer if Microsoft would ever build its own Windows Phone, departing from its strategy of solely supplying the operating system and applications. Ballmer said Microsoft is “focused on enabling hardware innovation broadly through our industry.” (18:30 in the video above.)

Was he sidestepping the question on purpose, perhaps signaling that Microsoft is thinking about building its own phone? I didn’t get that impression from watching the video, but others did. Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet has more on the topic.

Battelle also asked Ballmer if he was glad Microsoft didn’t buy Yahoo for $44 billion. (Yahoo’s market value is now $19.5 billion.) “Sometimes, you’re lucky,” Ballmer said, but he pointed out that the bid was made before the economic downturn, and he said there’s “a lot of great things at Yahoo” and he’s “very proud to call them a partner.” (Exchange starts around 9:20 in the video.)

Asked about Google Android phones, Ballmer called the user experience inconsistent and difficult to learn. “You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows Phone. I think you do to use an Android phone,” he said. (21:00)

Comments

  • Guest

    Thank you, Steve, for continuing to win.

    I had my friend Gary perform an experiment: overnight, he replaced everyone’s PCs’ Microsoft Office productivity suites with Google Apps. We decided to test whether people would notice.

    By 8:45 AM Gary was forced out onto the street and nearly hit by several employees’ cars. They loved their Microsoft Office so much that Gary was sacked for even attempting to replace it.

    The stories of Microsoft Office preference — not coerced, just approved — are legion. My friend Mitt as the governor of Massachusetts tried to replace Microsoft Office with OpenOffice and … you know the rest, everyone.

    This is why I support Steve. A lot of anonymous cowards go on the web and say, “no,” to the old guard. I say, “yes.” Not because it’s the status quo or the conventional wisdom, but because nobody has come out with anything better.

    People used to say “yes” to Nintendo for game systems. In the past few years Apple has released several superior game portables and now sells more devices than Nintendo does. People used to say “yes” to Apple for phones. Android came along and literally ate Apple for lunch; Apple’s market share for smartphones has tumbled from 70% all the way down to about 15% since then.

    I say, “yes” to Steve Ballmer. Thank you for having the vision to press forward and to continue to help Microsoft win!

  • GW fan

    There is a basic difference here between MS and GOOG in the Office apps space. It is a core business for MS, so in losing any customers even small to GOOG is bad. For GOOG any win, however small, is good. MS will not fall overnight any more than IBM did in PC hardware, but it is the effect of erosion in the long term.

    As for cloud do either company hold a candle to AMZN?

    • http://twitter.com/AndrewOneDegree Andrew Smith

      Are you aware that AMZN cloud is IaaS, Google and MS is PaaS…Big big difference…and i think you will probably find that AMZN is using a lot of MSoft software there too…

    • Sarah_gilbert

      Google is at a higher risk of being trapped in search rather than it winning in productivity space. MSFT already has 30% share in US in search. See what happens in the next 10 yrs.

    • Sarah_gilbert

      Google is at a higher risk of being trapped in search rather than it winning in productivity space. MSFT already has 30% share in US in search. See what happens in the next 10 yrs.

  • http://www.jrotech.com/ Jeff Rodenburg

    Charlie Sheen was only “bi-winning”.  Steve has him beat 5x. Way to go!

  • TrafficGeek

    Uh oh.  As Jeff mentions, He’s starting to sound like Charlie Sheen and we all know how that worked out.

    • Jsld

      Yeah, he got a 125 million dollar settlement, a new tv show, and he’s back to having relations with denise richards.

      • Guest

        That’s terrible! Steve Ballmer is worth $15 billion. I’d hate to see him settle for less than 10% of that.

      • Guest

        That’s terrible! Steve Ballmer is worth $15 billion. I’d hate to see him settle for less than 10% of that.

    • Jsld

      Yeah, he got a 125 million dollar settlement, a new tv show, and he’s back to having relations with denise richards.

  • TrafficGeek

    Uh oh.  As Jeff mentions, He’s starting to sound like Charlie Sheen and we all know how that worked out.

  • Guest

    When are shareholders going to finally get rid of this embarrassing clown?

    • Pure Genius

      Hey buddy, that was 6 winnings in a row! You think anyone would dare to risk losing such a brilliant business mind?

  • Guest

    When are shareholders going to finally get rid of this embarrassing clown?

  • Kumarpaul

    When are people going to realize that Steve Ballmer DOESN’T GET THE COMPUTER BUSINESS!!  He has consistently driven Microsoft into the ground.  Just because he has a math and economics degree from harvard, doesn’t mean a thing.  Shareholders, please get rid of this clown

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