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Unassisted
09-02-2005, 11:37 PM
It isn't often that you read about the CEO of a Fortune 100 company speaking in such strong terms about harming another Fortune 100 company.

http://news.com.com/Court+docs+Ballmer+vowed+to+kill+Google/2100-1014_3-5846243.html


Court docs: Ballmer vowed to 'kill' Google


Published: September 2, 2005, 1:07 PM PDT
By Ina Fried
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer vowed to "kill" Google in an expletitive-laced, chair-throwing tirade when a senior engineer told him he was leaving the company to go work for Google, the engineer claimed in court documents made public on Friday.

The allegation, filed in Washington state court, is the latest salvo in an increasingly nasty court fight triggered when Microsoft executive Kai-Fu Lee jumped to Google in July in what Microsoft claims is a violation of a one-year, non-compete agreement.

In a sworn statement made public Friday, Mark Lucovsky, another Microsoft senior engineer who left for Google in November 2004, recounted Ballmer's angry reaction when Lucovsky told Ballmer he was going to work for the search engine company.

"At some point in the conversation, Mr. Ballmer said: 'Just tell me it's not Google,'" Lucovosky said in his statement. Lucovosky replied that he was joining Google.

"At that point, Mr. Ballmer picked up a chair and threw it across the room hitting a table in his office," Lucovosky recounted, adding that Ballmer then launched into a tirade about Google CEO Eric Schmidt. "I'm going to f***ing bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I'm going to f***ing kill Google." Schmidt previously worked for Sun Microsystems and was the CEO of Novell.

Late Friday, Ballmer issued a statement disputing Lucovsky's declaration. "Mark Lucovsky's account of our conversation last November is a gross exaggeration of what actually took place," Ballmer said. "Mark's decision to leave was disappointing and I urged him strongly to change his mind. But his characterization of that meeting is not accurate."

The Lukovsky declaration is the latest salvo in the heated battle between Google and Microsoft over Google's hiring of Lee. Google has said Microsoft is attempting to scare its employees away from Google.

KronoRed
09-02-2005, 11:38 PM
Google will eventually crush all.

I welcome our Google Overlords ;)

snowstorm
09-03-2005, 01:30 AM
I bow down to the power of Google. :notworthy :laugh:

Jaycint
09-03-2005, 10:52 AM
Maybe they could have an Ultimate Fighting match complete with protractors and those little pocket protector thingys.

RedsBaron
09-03-2005, 11:00 AM
Maybe they could have an Ultimate Fighting match complete with protractors and those little pocket protector thingys. :laugh:

ochre
09-03-2005, 11:03 AM
Balmer's an idiot that hitched his cart to the right horse(s) (gates and allen).

for further proof see this video (http://www.ntk.net/media/developers.mpg)

Reds Nd2
09-03-2005, 11:12 AM
Balmer's an idiot that hitched his cart to the right horse(s) (gates and allen).

for further proof see this video (http://www.ntk.net/media/developers.mpg)

Check this one out. Too funny.


www.kontraband.com/show/show.asp?ID=710& NEXTID=0&PREVID=723&DISPLAYORDER=20030515000050&C... - 38k -

ghettochild
09-03-2005, 11:23 AM
google has owned all since google earth has come out

SunDeck
09-03-2005, 11:56 AM
Balmer's an idiot that hitched his cart to the right horse(s) (gates and allen).

for further proof see this video (http://www.ntk.net/media/developers.mpg)

Man, does that guy live in a van down by the river, or what?

CrackerJack
09-03-2005, 02:08 PM
I don't understand why people are so obsessed with Google. I find Yahoo to have a lot more to offer and approximately the same search engine results - both have annoying sponsored link results and both are simply web portals.

I will never really understand it. Guess I'm a Yahoo fan boy, they have more to offer, I never use Google it makes no sense to me.

Unassisted
09-03-2005, 04:17 PM
I don't understand why people are so obsessed with Google. I find Yahoo to have a lot more to offer and approximately the same search engine results - both have annoying sponsored link results and both are simply web portals.Google is a darling because its stock is still flying high and some people are zealously supportive of some of Google's offerings, like Gmail. Yahoo's stock grew very large in the late 90s and 2000, but fell quite a bit when the tech bubble burst.

I agree that Yahoo has a broader range of services to offer. If I could only use one, I'd go with Yahoo. I haven't really found any services for which I prefer Microsoft.

Google's MO seems to be that it is OK to be late to the party on a technology, as long as the version you bring to the party is vastly better than anything else that's in the market... e.g., Gmail and Google Maps.

oneupper
09-03-2005, 04:31 PM
Ballmer should better employ his energy finding ways to satisfy customers instead of "crushing" competitors.

Windows is ****. 95.000 (and counting) strains of virii and other forms of electronic pests CANT ALL BE WRONG.

MWM
09-03-2005, 04:36 PM
Anything that pisses Microsoft off is a good thing in my book.

cincinnati chili
09-03-2005, 04:40 PM
I don't understand why people are so obsessed with Google. I find Yahoo to have a lot more to offer and approximately the same search engine results - both have annoying sponsored link results and both are simply web portals.

I will never really understand it. Guess I'm a Yahoo fan boy, they have more to offer, I never use Google it makes no sense to me.

I was a yahoo guy too. As a test once, someone said to google myself and then yahoo myself. Yahoo found about half as much stuff. That was enough to convince me, and I haven't looked back. Google found stuff I forgot that was written about me.

westofyou
09-03-2005, 04:46 PM
I used to be an alta vista guy, one day on my way to rolle rblade by the bay in Mt View I saw these guys putting up a sign for a company named Google, so I went home later and checked it out.

I never looked back, as a researcher Google really trumps all.

KronoRed
09-03-2005, 05:09 PM
Go to google.com and then to yahoo.com and see the difference.

Google is plain, and to the point, if you want other stuff you can search for it, yahoo is just too busy, page is loaded down and it's hard to navigate