Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, took to the stage at the company’s 2011 annual meeting on Tuesday.
Ballmer discussed a range of subjects related to Microsoft’s performance over the year and fielded questions from shareholders during the meeting. “There’s nothing that I see in creating fundamental value in splitting the company up,” Steve Ballmer said in response to a question splitting Microsoft up to unlock value in the company. CNET News.com reports that Ballmer discussed the benefits of Microsoft. “The company doesn’t invest in things that are idly independent,” Ballmer said. “Drawing a set of arbitrary boundaries is quite hard.”
Ballmer also praised the Xbox games console that celebrates its 10th birthday on Tuesday. The Xbox 360 currently holds the number one selling spot in U.S. sales for the whole of 2011. “Last year, we introduced the Kinect for Xbox, and everything has changed,” Ballmer said. “Now, not only do we have the Xbox upstairs, but I was instructed to bring games home for Grandma and Grandpa for Thanksgiving this year,” Ballmer added.
Ballmer also briefly discussed Windows 8. “We’ve got broad Windows initiatives, driving Windows down to the phone,” he said. “With Windows 8 you’ll see incredible new form factors powered by Windows.” Ballmer drove home the message that there’s no need to compromise on end user experience using Windows 8. “We’re seeing to it that no one has to compromise on the experience they want,” Ballmer said. Todd Bishop’s GeekWire reports that Ballmer also discussed the idea of a “post-PC” era. “We are in the Windows era — we were, we are, and we always will be. … We are in an era in which the range of smart devices is continuing to expand. That’s a fantastic thing for Microsoft.”