The exit of Ballmer is probably long overdue, and may come too late. Mary Jo Foley got a 15 minute interview with Steve Ballmer and has posted the transcript. Most sites have concentrated on Vista as his biggest regret. There is quite some competition for that title. Foley asked Ballmer to name what gave him pride in his job.
Q: Single biggest thing you are proud you did at Microsoft. You can just pick one:
Ballmer: I’m proud of being I would say a significant part even of the birth of intelligent personal computing, the notion that people use computing technologies, whether that’s phones, PCs. I mean, we kind of birthed that over the course of the ’80s and the ’90s, and that’s had such an unbelievable impact on people’s lives. I would say a billion plus people and now more with phones, even if they’re not all our phones, I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished there.
Unbelievable answer. What is he talking about? Intelligent personal computing? His biggest achievement is a nebulous concept that he just invented. Check the interwebs. It’s not a phrase in general use. Not all our phones? Almost none of them are your phones.
So vague, it’s ridiculous. He didn’t have an answer. Explains a lot.
Link to original Foley post from Daring Fireball