Steve A. Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation joined the company in 1980 and was the first business manager hired by Bill Gates. Since then, Ballmer's leadership and passion have become hallmarks of his tenure at the company. Ballmer was born in March 1956, and grew up near Detroit, where his father worked as a manager at Ford Motor Co. He graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and economics. While in college, Ballmer managed the football team, worked on the Harvard Crimson newspaper as well as the university literary magazine, and lived down the hall from fellow sophomore Bill Gates. After college, he worked for two years at Procter & Gamble Co. as an assistant product manager and, before joining Microsoft, attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Microsoft Corporation is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. Microsoft Corporation (India) Private Ltd is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, USA. It has had a presence in India since 1990 and currently has offices in nine cities - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.
Yash Ved of IIFL brings you a few key points of the opening keynote by Steve Ballmer, at Microsoft India Technology Summit (via video link), where he says, “The launch of Windows 8 is a rebirth of the company.”
Sorry for not being in Mumbai
I was really looking forward to seeing you in Mumbai. Unfortunately, very unfortunately, am very sorry my schedule changed and I am not able to be there.
India is an incredible bastion of software development and the launch of Windows 8 a big day in Microsoft's history - as big as the day it was founded and as big as its Windows 95 launch, which helped to make computers mainstream.
I would suggest 25-30% or more of all the software written in the world is written by people from India - living in India and living abroad. The talent base is rich and unbelievable.
Windows 8 – making life beautiful!
Windows 7 was a fantastic product. After Windows 7, we were thinking what do we do next
The launch of Windows 8 is a rebirth of the company. While Windows 7 was one of the best products, with Windows 8 we are re-imagining Windows from ground up.
There's over 500 million installed base of Windows 7 licences and we will ship with our partners over 350 new systems in its first year. The store and marketplace will be ready on a global basis for Windows apps and
Windows Azure apps.
Microsoft is seeking to make that transition from the utilitarian and functional applications that it supports today to 'apps that are just beautiful and that you just sit around and relax with on your tablet'.
I encourage you to play with Windows 8 on a variety of devices. It's going to be the best piece of advice you get this year and the biggest opportunity ahead for you.