by CIO Staff

Ballmer: No iPod, Google for My Children

Mar 29, 20062 mins
IT Leadership

According to a recent article that ran in Fortune, posted on, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has not purchased iPods for his children, and they’re not allowed to use Google.

In response to Fortune’s question of whether Ballmer has an iPod, Redmond’s CEO said, “No, I do not. Nor do my children—in many dimensions they’re as poorly behaved as many other children, but at least on this dimension I’ve got my kids brainwashed: You don’t use Google, and you don’t use an iPod.”

The article is regarding Microsoft’s recently slouching stock price, and the emerging competition that is causing that drop.

When asked whether he thought his company could—or would—release a comparable product to the iPod, Ballmer responded, “There’s going to be a lot of opportunities to get back in that game. We want to be in that game. Expect to see announcements from us in that area in the next 12 months.”

This article is posted on our Microsoft Informer page. For more news on the Redmond, Wash.-based powerhouse, keep checking in.

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