Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is on stage right now at the company’s Financial Analyst Meeting, and he opened with the chart above, comparing Microsoft to other tech giants — including Apple, Google and Amazon — on key financial metrics dating back as far as ten years, which happens to be the bulk of his tenure as CEO.

“We have been very successful,” he said. “We make a ton of money. We’re very proud of that.”

He went on to acknowledge that Windows in particular has been struggling, amid the transition to new forms of computing, but he said Microsoft believes it will continue to see growth, led by devices and enterprise services.

Later in the talk, he talked about the challenges of having a full-fledged version of Microsoft Office on iPad. “Doing authoring correctly on other people’s platforms without a keyboard and a mouse, it’s tough enough to do it where we do have a Surface and a keyboard,” he said.

At the same time, he added, “We’re building the things that you would have us build. … We have surprisingly less religion than you would think we have.”

Here’s another chart that Ballmer showed toward the end of the talk, making a case for the company’s future, and saying its breadth puts it in a unique position to “shoot the moon” compared with its major competitors.


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  • Out For Justice

    Amazon winning in the cloud. Apple winning in user experience and consumers minds. Google winning in low end mobile and Apple in high end mobile. Google winning the hearts of developers. Sony winning the console war. Ballmer has a tainted prospective. These factors are truly destroying Microsoft’s future prospects… …the rest is just cool-aide.

    • Out To Make A Fool Of Yourself

      The word you’re looking for, shill, is “perspective”. And your comments make clear that your own is just as biased.

      • Out For Justice

        No, not really, you just do not like my prospective. See, there is a difference, just because someone’s opinion does not match yours does not make them biased and you may want to look closely at your own prospective, since the lack of supporting premises / arguments is really what indicates your blind prospective.

  • Guest

    You have to admire Ballmer’s chutzpah if not his intelligence. This is the same guy who said he loved the company’s strategy, and so did the board, right up to the point where the company was disrupted and forced to change it entirely. He’s been arguing with Wall Street for more than a decade so far, and all it’s done is destroy half of shareholder’s value. Yes, the company made a lot of money during that timeframe. But most of it got blown on bets that didn’t pay off, R&D that didn’t produce much saleable innovation, several failed acquisitions, and a ton of buybacks that failed to lift the stock. And at the end of it all MS is now facing an existential threat from two markets it helped pioneer. Does he think his audience is stupid and doesn’t know that? Why did the company even put Ballmer in front of them? The last thing analysts want to hear is MS’s failed outgoing CEO defend his record. Instead they want to hear an acknowledgement of past mistakes and a clearly articulated plan for dealing with the aftermath and figuring out a path to future success.

  • Christopher Bird

    Apple went through a challenging period yet Apple recovered. The process is called evolution. Companies are like people if you don’t change you die its part of life. IBM is a good example of evolution. Microsoft certainly has the capability to evolve and probably will.

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