Steve Ballmer: approval of deal is crucial for innovation

Fri 25 September 2009 14:00, Bas van den Beld

Steve Ballmer: approval of deal is crucial for innovation

It's one of those rare moments, which one day I hope to have myself, being able to sit down with the big man at one of the biggest companies in the world. Michael Arrington got to sit down with Steve Ballmer this week. A full hour of talking.

He talked about numerous subjects, from products and strategies to Bing and cloud computing, it was all addressed. Off course we were most interested in the Bing part. Ballmer on that topic said a couple of interesting things.

First of all he believes that in the past five years there has not been much innovation in search and that the next 10 years will be more interesting in that area. He also talked about the Microsoft-Yahoo deal. He believes that if there will be government approval they can be competitive, otherwise the innovation will not go forward.

Finally he also he talked about Twitter and the possibility of buying the successful social media tool:  “Twitter would be great, yeah. I mean, not that we’re talking about buying Twitter…”

See an extract of the interview in the video below.

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