In a transcript of a conversation between Balmer and Lucovsky, another previous Microsoft employee who recently left Microsoft to join Google, Balmer is quoted as saying:
“I’m going to f***ing bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I’m going to f***ing kill Google.”
If you had any prior doubts about the business ethics of Microsoft them this surely will cast aside all doubts. Don’t mess with Mr Balmer; if he doesn’t like you he will kill you.
Recent press articles were discussing whether Google was becoming the new Microsoft. According to Balmers reaction, they are all to well aware that they in danger of being dethroned as the big dogs of IT.