Steve Ballmer Forecasts the Death of Print Media

June 15th, 2008

I am still reeling from Steve Ballmer’s atrociously

ill-considered remarks

to The Washington Post  (Ballmer, as most recall, is CEO of Microsoft,

when Bill G. is not at home) that “there will be no media consumption left in

10 years that is not delivered over an IP network. There will be no newspapers,

no magazines that are delivered in paper form. Everything gets delivered in an

electronic form.”

My retort: “in 10 years there will be no software that

Microsoft will be able to profit from either in operating systems or as

shrink-wrapped software.”

I am

willing to meet him for a duel at dawn.