Steve Ballmer, 2000 bis 2014 CEO des Unternehmens Microsoft (das gemessen am Jahresumsatz mit Software nach wie vor führend auf seinem Feld ist – vgl. SOI DP 2015/2: 22), gab im April 2007 in einem Interview mit der USA Today zu Protokoll:
»Q: People get passionate when Apple comes out with something new — the iPhone; of course, the iPod. Is that something that you’d want them to feel about Microsoft?
Ballmer: It’s sort of a funny question. Would I trade 96% of the market for 4% of the market? (Laughter.) I want to have products that appeal to everybody. Now we’ll get a chance to go through this again in phones and music players. There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance. It’s a $500 subsidized item. They may make a lot of money. But if you actually take a look at the 1.3 billion phones that get sold, I’d prefer to have our software in 60% or 70% or 80% of them, than I would to have 2% or 3%, which is what Apple might get.
In the case of music, Apple got out early. They were the first to really recognize that you couldn’t just think about the device and all the pieces separately. Bravo. Credit that to Steve (Jobs) and Apple. They did a nice job. But it’s not like we’re at the end of the line of innovation that’s going to come in the way people listen to music, watch videos, etc. I’ll bet our ads will be less edgy. But my 85-year-old uncle probably will never own an iPod, and I hope we’ll get him to own a Zune.«*
* Der Zune war ein MP3-Player von Microsoft, der 2006 auf den US-amerikanischen Markt kam. Seine Entwicklung wurde 2011 eingestellt.