Steve Ballmer Attempts to Fix Spyware
June 7, 2006 2 Comments
It looks like Steve Ballmer recently offered to uninfest someones computer and wasn't able to fix it, nor were a team of top Microsoft engineers. So says Jim Allchin in this article. Seems more like a marketing ploy than a true story to me. The odds the Ballmer would try this hard to fix a machine, and then a team of top engineers would not be able to fix it seems far fetched. However, it does show that Microsoft is aware of what's going on in the real world.
This really opened our eyes to what goes on in the real world,” Allchin told the audience.
Makes you think they may actually fix it this time, eh? To me the real story here is Windows Live OneCare. We now have a company selling a product with so many problems, that they are going to sell another product to fix the first product. The best part for Microsoft here is that the second product is a subscription product. No more having to get people to upgrade to a new version of Windows, they can just get the $50+ a year out of them for OneCare. The scary thing is, people will buy this. Of course, Symantec and Mcafee are hurrying similar products to market now, but it's going to be hard to compete with Microsoft in the space. Here's hoping that this situation will help open the average consumers eyes to just how bad the current situation has gotten.
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