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Ballmer To Children:

Well, close enough. In a recent interview, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated that he doesn't allow his children to use Google or iPods.

Microsoft - Steve BallmerDo you have an iPod?

No, I do not. Nor do my children. 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.

Glad to see that Microsoft, from the top down, is taking an objective view of rival products to help improve their own. Ever think of asking your kids WHY they'd want an iPod or WHY they'd want to use Google? Nope…Ballmer probably even has official Microsoft dishes in order to help his brainwashing efforts.

Instead of doing consumer studies, Microsoft is sitting in their own little world wondering why they're losing losing portions of their maket shares in several key areas while convinced that they have the best products that have ever been made and ever will be made. Their latest OS has been delayed, their XBox 360 was rushed out and looks to be an inferior machine compared to the upcoming PS3, beta versions of the latest Internet Explorer aren't going to be bringing back Firefox/Opera converts, and the server world is increasingly embracing linux and unix.

Just as the Roman Empire began to crumble when it expanded it's borders beyond it's military manpower's capability to maintain those borders, Microsoft has spread itself too thin across the marketplace and left them rather far behind the curve of new technology.

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