Ballmer at MIX 08



Wanted to share a great interview Steve Ballmer had with Guy Kawasaki at Microsoft’s MIX08 conference a few weeks ago in Las Vegas. Guy is an ex-Apple executive who is renowned in the industry for not being a great fan of Microsoft, and he does not give Steve an easy ride. 

In the interview Steve is his usual self: he’s open, direct, humorous, full of energy and passion even when posed with tough questions on Yahoo, Facebook, Apple, and Google, to name a few of the topics discussed. Some of my favorite questions: “Why do you want to buy Yahoo?” (with more audience questions toward the end) and “Do you think social networking is just a fad?” (with questions around Microsoft’s $250M investment)

Some of the funnier exchanges were around Guy admitting that he uses the new Motorola Q (hey, same as me!) with Mobile 6 and can’t live without Exchange, and Steve’s challenge that his Toshiba weighs less and packs more power/features than Guy’s Mac laptop.

I also really appreciated Guy’s comments about the newer, friendlier climate and employees at Microsoft. He recognized that it’s become a pleasure to work with Microsoft employees. That’s great to hear, because I agree — it was one of the changes that convinced me to come work here 2 years ago.

Anyhoo — the video is worth viewing.

Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and M365 Apps & Services MVP, and an award-winning product marketer and technology evangelist, based in Silicon Slopes (Lehi), Utah. He is the Director of North American Partner Management for leading ISV Rencore (, leads content strategy for TekkiGurus, and is an advisor for both revealit.TV and WellnessWits. He hosts the monthly #CollabTalk TweetJam, the weekly #CollabTalk Podcast, and the Microsoft 365 Ask-Me-Anything (#M365AMA) series.