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Ballmer: ActiveSync on iPhone, ponders Silverlight

updated 12:40 pm EST, Fri March 7, 2008

Ballmer on iPhone SDK

Steve Ballmer recently sat down with Guy Kawasaki at the Mix 2008 conference in Las Vegas, where Kawasaki asked him about his feelings on Apple's iPhone developer announcements yesterday. According to CNET, Ballmer thinks that Silverlight on the iPhone would be interesting, but somewhat dismissed the idea. He says that there has been no official conversations with Apple CEO Steve Jobs on the matter, and Apple's business model of taking 30-percent of revenue is questionable.

One user comment on the story humorously points out that 30-percent of free is still free, in response to Apple's offer of "picking up the tab" on free applications. Accounting that Microsoft purchases a developer certification for $100, they would incur no additional costs regarding the distribution of a free application.

Kawasaki also probed Ballmer regarding the licensing of ActiveSync for the iPhone's interoperability with Microsoft Exchange servers.

"We've licensed ActiveSync for a while. That's been an option that's been available to Apple," Ballmer said. "It was certainly an option we knew Apple might take advantage of."




by MacNN Staff

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  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Ballmer Spin

    30% of revenue is much cheaper than other "smart phones" including those hosted on Microsoft operating systems. Handango charges 50% and above, and does not provide as easy download of purchased applications as that proposed by Apple. The funny part is that Microsoft certainly knows this, so spinning is required as a means of preventing further loss in an area which they have a decade of investment.

  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What a douche!

    In a situation like this, Bill Gates would have proudly spoken about Apple as a partner. He would have lauded their choice of a MS technology, and glowingly spoken about them as a partner. Ballmer is a bag of s***, who acts like a high school kid with a grudge.

  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Ballmer BS

    This guy is so full of it....actually, in the picture he looks like he is relieving himself.

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: what a douche!

    You are right. Behind the scenes they were competitors, but Gates would have spoken positively about the situation. Ballmer just falls back on dimissing every competitor as unimportant.

  1. Bartman

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    everyone!

    developers developers developers developers developers developers developers developers developers developers developers developers developers developers developers developers developers developers developers developers

  1. bloggerblog

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: Gates

    Bill would've spoken positively in public while planning a s******* bonanza behind closed doors. Remember when he snatched the Mac OS, and Netscape. Ballmer on the other-hand has a solid memory... and that's about it.

  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    please stop

    Ballmer is about as relevant as a corset (even though he could use one). Ask any MS employee - not only do they pay little attention to him, he is seen as a kind of "figurehead joke" -- too bad there are people's retirement investments tied into what this idiot says and does.

    Doofuses.

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