50 Amazing Steve Ballmer Quotes

Which are the best Steve Ballmer quotes?

Steve Ballmer is an American businessman, who was the chief executive officer of Microsoft between 2000-2014.

Ballmer joined Microsoft in June 1980, becoming the first business manager to be hired by Bill Gates. He is currently the owner of the ‘Los Angeles Clippers’ of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is the 16th richest person in the world.

Here’s a collection of the best Steve Ballmer quotes:


50 Amazing Steve Ballmer Quotes

1. “Eventually the Internet will be accessed by PC, television, and wireless devices.” – Steve Ballmer

2. “I have lots of sources of information about what’s going on at the company. I think I have a pretty good pulse on where we are and what people are thinking.” – Steve Ballmer

3. “I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work,” – Steve Ballmer

4. “I’d like to own Microsoft shares until I either give something to charity or I die.” – Steve Ballmer

5. “Let’s face it, the Internet was designed for the PC. The Internet is not designed for the iPhone. That’s why they’ve got 75,000 applications – they’re all trying to make the Internet look decent on the iPhone.” – Steve Ballmer

6. “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.” – Steve Ballmer


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7. “The most common format of music on an iPod is stolen.” – Steve Ballmer


8. “The world is changing, but so is Microsoft.” – Steve Ballmer

9. “Ultimately progress is measured sort of through the eyes of users.” – Steve Ballmer

10. “You get some success. You run into some walls…it’s how tenacious you are, how irrepressible, how ultimately optimistic and tenacious you are about it that will determine your success.” – Steve Ballmer

11. “At Microsoft, we’re investing heavily in security because we want customers to be able to trust their computing experiences, so they can realize the full benefits of the interconnected world we live in.” – Steve Ballmer

12. “I don’t think anyone has done a [tablet] product that I see customers wanting.” – Steve Ballmer

13. “I think these things [social networks] are going to have some legs, and yet there’s a faddishness, a faddish nature about anything that basically appeals to younger people.” – Steve Ballmer

14. “I’ve got my kids brainwashed: You don’t use Google, and you don’t use an iPod.” – Steve Ballmer

15. “It’s hard to invent a new thing, and it’s just as hard to invent another new thing.” – Steve Ballmer

16. “Most people still steal music.” – Steve Ballmer


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17. “The lifeblood of our business is that R&D spend. There’s nothing that flows through a pipe or down a wire or anything else. We have to continuously create new innovation that lets people do something they didn’t think they could do the day before.” – Steve Ballmer


18. “The way I do things I usually always prefer to have a very clear strategy and be very focused. At the same time to be very rock-solid, and crisp in execution.” – Steve Ballmer

19. “Throughout our history, Microsoft has won by making big, bold bets. I believe that now is not the time to scale back the scope of our ambition or the scale of our investment. While our opportunities are greater than ever, we also face new competitors, faster-moving markets, and new customer demands.” – Steve Ballmer

20. “You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows Phone. I think you do to use an Android phone.” – Steve Ballmer

21. “Any idea that turns out to be truly great can be harvested for tens of years. On the other hand, if you want to continue to be great, you’ve got to bet on new things, big, bold bets.” – Steve Ballmer

22. “I don’t really know that anybody’s proven that a random collection of people doing their own thing actually creates value.” – Steve Ballmer

23. “I think it would be absolutely reckless and irresponsible for anyone to try and break up Microsoft.” – Steve Ballmer

24. “I’m very, very bullish about our prospects, and as I tell our board, as I tell our employees, this is the time to invest. There’s so much opportunity. Let’s just invest in that opportunity, and really get after it.” – Steve Ballmer

25. “It’s always great when you get a lot of people pushing themselves to do better, be better, invent better, better serve, better lead customers in new directions.” – Steve Ballmer

26. “Maybe I’m an emblem of an old era, and I have to move on.” – Steve Ballmer


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27. “The Internet Was Designed For The PC. The Internet Is Not Designed For The iPhone.” – Steve Ballmer


28. “The stock market has always had its own meter. Sometimes it’s ahead of itself, sometimes it’s behind itself. A broken watch is right twice a day.” – Steve Ballmer

29. “This is all about having great leaders who can drive agile innovation and agile decision-making.” – Steve Ballmer

30. “You can have an Apple in the phone business, or a RIM, and they can do very well, but when 1.3 billion phones a year are all smart, the software that’s gonna be most popular in those phones is gonna be software that’s sold by somebody who doesn’t make their own phones.” – Steve Ballmer

31. “And then you take a look at Spaces, there is this great innovation that came out of nowhere. We have the number one blogging site in the world because of the innovation that’s there.” – Steve Ballmer

32. “I come back to the same thing: We’ve got the greatest pipeline in the company’s history in the next 12 months, and we’ve had the most amazing financial results possible over the last five years, and we’re predicting being back at double-digit revenue growth in fiscal year ’06.” – Steve Ballmer

33. “I think good ideas are usually better done quickly than slowly.” – Steve Ballmer

34. “I’m not sure blogs are necessarily the best place to get a pulse on anything. People want to blog for a variety of reasons, and that may or may not be representative.” – Steve Ballmer

35. “In a sense technology is a tool of sort of individual choice, individual creativity, individual empowerment, individual access. My kids will never understand that it used to be kind of hard to access and find things and know what the world knows and see what the world sees. Yet it becomes easier and easier every day.” – Steve Ballmer

36. “Look at the product pipeline, look at the fantastic financial results we’ve had for the last five years. You only get that kind of performance on the innovation side, on the financial side, if you’re really listening and reacting to the best ideas of the people we have.” – Steve Ballmer


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37. “Our industry is going through quite a wave of innovation and it’s being powered by a phenomenon which is referred to as the cloud.” – Steve Ballmer


38. “The one thing that I think separates Microsoft from a lot of other people is we make bold bets. We’re persistent about them, but we make them. A lot of people won’t make a bold bet. A bold bet doesn’t assure you of winning, but if you make no bold bets you can’t continue to succeed. Our industry doesn’t allow you to rest on your laurels forever. I mean, you can milk any great idea. Any idea that turns out to be truly great can be harvested for tens of years. On the other hand, if you want to continue to be great, you’ve got to bet on new things, big, bold bets.” – Steve Ballmer

39. “This is a great opportunity for Don, and I wish him success. I am incredibly proud of the work and vision culminating in Xbox One. I’m particularly excited about how Xbox pushes forward our devices and services transformation by bringing together the best of Microsoft.” – Steve Ballmer

40. “What we’ve gone through in the last several years has caused some people to question Can we trust Microsoft?” – Steve Ballmer

41. “Accessible design is good design – it benefits people who don’t have disabilities as well as people who do. Accessibility is all about removing barriers and providing the benefits of technology for everyone.” – Steve Ballmer

42. “Great companies with the way they work, first start with great leaders.” – Steve Ballmer

43. “I like to tell people that all of our products and business will go through three phases. There’s vision, patience, and execution.” – Steve Ballmer

44. “I would love to see all open-source innovation happen on top of Windows.” – Steve Ballmer

45. “If the CEO doesn’t see the playing field, nobody else can. The team may need to see it too, but the CEO really needs to be able to see the entire competitive space.” – Steve Ballmer

46. “Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches.” – Steve Ballmer


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47. “Our goal in making these changes is to enable Microsoft to achieve greater agility in managing the incredible growth ahead and executing our software-based services strategy.” – Steve Ballmer


48. “The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense, it is all about potential.” – Steve Ballmer

49. “There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.” – Steve Ballmer

50. “We don’t have a monopoly. We have market share. There’s a difference.” – Steve Ballmer



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