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May 31, 2007

Gates, Jobs love-in at D5

Posted by David Hunter at 11:50 AM ET.

Last night was the night for the Bill Gates-Steve Jobs joint interview at the D5 conference and not unexpectedly it turned out to be a love-in between the two industry pioneers: (more…)

Filed under Apple, Bill Gates, Conferences, Coopetition, D5, Executives, Microsoft

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May 30, 2007

Steve Ballmer does D5

Posted by David Hunter at 8:43 PM ET.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer got his turn on the D5 conference hot seat today, but his performance mostly seems to have been soporific:

In a genial interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg Wednesday morning, Ballmer presented a picture of a plodding, predictable, unexciting company. He couldn’t quite say when Microsoft will make some progress against Google (GOOG) in its weak share in Internet search. He couldn’t say why exactly the new Vista operating system was overly complex when it was released. He didn’t particularly enlighten the audience on just why Microsoft is paying $6 billion to buy online ad agency aQuantive (AQNT). By the way, Ballmer won’t mention Google’s name, referring to it merely as “the market leader;”

Nice touch. (more…)

Filed under Conferences, Coopetition, D5, Employee Retention, Executives, General Business, Google, Microsoft, Microsoft Hardware, Microsoft Surface, Steve Ballmer, aQuantive

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Microsoft Surface: Bah, humbug!

Posted by David Hunter at 1:31 PM ET.

I hate to play Ebenezer Scrooge as Santa Bill Gates opens Microsoft’s sack of lab goodies and comes up with something to announce for the Wall Street Journal’s D5 Conference, but the announcement of Microsoft Surface today is just rife with causes for “Bah, humbug!”


Filed under Conferences, D5, Microsoft, Microsoft Hardware, Microsoft Surface

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May 24, 2007

“Bill and Steve’s Excellent Adventure”

Posted by David Hunter at 10:41 AM ET.

Next week at the Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference hosted by Walter Mossberg and Kara Swisher there will be a special joint appearance by Bill Gates and Apple’s Steve Jobs. While hardly a steel cage match, the conference format is completely interview based with Mossberg and Swisher doing the questioning. To that end, Swisher is requesting input on questions for the dynamic duo and baiting the crowd with some candid snaps of Bill and Steve from the past. In separate sessions, Steve Jobs and Steve Ballmer will also get the third degree.

Filed under Apple, Bill Gates, Conferences, Coopetition, D5, Executives, Microsoft, Steve Ballmer

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