No Mr. Ballmer, Microsoft Will not Win the Web

Steve Ballmer in BusinessWeek:

We won the desktop. We won the server. We will win the Web. We will move fast, we will get there. We will win the Web.

No comments. A statement like that makes me so furious I’m shaking. Fortunately, Molly has already expressed my opinion: No Mr. Ballmer, Microsoft Will not Win the Web.

Posted on September 17, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web Standards


  1. September 17, 2005 by Tomas Jogin

    To begin with, they ain’t won no server. And of course they won’t win the web, simply because it’s out of their control. Bastards.

  2. And I expect slight decrease of their desktop market share…

  3. So much stupity and ignorance makes me furious, too. I am really, really angry.

    What is “won”? The desktop metaphor is dying, the server market is in Open Source hands, the Web belongs to nobody. Or to everybody.

  4. Well what you can expect from somebody shouting in front of an audience: “I’ll tell you four words! I! Love! This! Company! Yeah!”

    (Take a look at Surplus movie if you can. This sequence is well edited and combined with Kruder & Dorfmeister (I think))

  5. We will move fast, we will get there.

    Um. Should any fast moving have been done in, oh, 1995? It might not be too late to “win” the Web, but I’m pretty sure they’ve passed the deadline for “mov[ing] fast”.

    This kind of hubris will almost certainly come back to bite them in the behinds.

  6. Ah… I caught myself getting worked up on this myself. But I’ve seen Ballmer ridicule himself before. And he is an «apprentice» of Gates who we know have had his «few» perspectives on the future as well.. So I’d rather have a good time with fellows and friends and laugh at this Ballmer guy..

    Yes Vaclav - and the infamous movie-edit with «Developers, Developers, Developers». At least Ballmer knows how to amuse us at times ;-) [And sorry, but his actual wording were: «I got four words for you (…)» :-)]

  7. Go, Stev-o! ;-)

  8. He still doesn’t get that Apache’s kicking their arse? So glad I’ve sold all my MSFT stock.

  9. September 19, 2005 by anonymous

    They want ‘us’ to design for sparkle and upload snazzy xaml/sparkle applications to webservers to work on clients that MS supports. MS is likely to pay anything for this and do what it takes to convince anybody of the merits of their system, including giving it away if needs be.

    Some, the same, will be seduced. Mozilla will follow with something more coherent and more ethically justifiable in due course.

  10. September 20, 2005 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    Yes, the server part is just silly, whether you look at numbers or features. Maybe his definition of “winning the server” is that most organisations that have a Windows-only policy use Windows file servers?

  11. We won the server.

    What? Where? When?

  12. Win the web? Your right man, screw those fellows in washington. They have done enought to hurt those in the computer industry and stifle innovation for long enough.

    I think google is going to win the web.

  13. Sorry to double post but I just looked at that link (post#11) … OH MY … by “We won the server.” he must be referring to March of 1996, when Apache passed windows on that graph.

    By won, we mean lost.

    Why would microsoft worry these stupid little details, like reality.

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