Saving Apple in 1997 Was the Craziest Thing Microsoft Ever Did, Ballmer Says

Short Bytes: During a recent interview with Bloomberg, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer targetted Microsoft’s rivals Apple and Amazon. He said that Microsoft did a crazy thing saving Apple from bankruptcy in the past and bashed Amazon for its work environment.

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 Everybody knows the famous story of Bill Gates investing $150 million in its rival Apple to save it from bankruptcy. This happened right after Steve Jobs returned to the company.

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that was one of the craziest things Microsoft ever did. Steve Ballmer chose to talk on numerous topics in the interview- ranging from Microsoft giving Apple a run for their money- to Amazon being a not-so-nice place to work.

When asked about Apple’s current position, Ballmer said, “Microsoft will give them a good run for their money” and that “nobody else has really tried to compete with them anymore really seriously in hardware.”

He didn’t stop there. Targeting Amazon CEO Jeff Benzos’ past comments about Microsoft’s work environment, Steve Ballmer said that Amazon isn’t a place where people want to work.

He added, “anybody who ever left Microsoft [to work at Amazon], we could count on them coming back within a year or two because it’s not a great place to work.”

 

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