Not Mac news but a fun read: Technopundit Rob Enderle on Apple’s Steve Jobs and Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer (writing from a convention with 5,000 of his closest friends in Las Vegas).
Jobs is like a master craftsman. The first things he did when he took over at Apple were get rid of the bozos (underperformers), massively simplify the company and its products, and force tightly integrated products that approach—and sometimes surpass—amazing.
Ballmer is a master salesman. One of the first things he did when he took over at Microsoft was meet with his top people and realign the company against distinct customer groups. To Ballmer, the customer is the IT Buyer for most of the company, someone else worries about the user, and excellence is defined by financial performance as defined by sales volume.
Both companies could work (together) to hold off the bigger threat that Google represents and use each other’s strengths to overcome the other’s weaknesses.
Somehow Google’s advertising and Android vaporware threaten Microsoft and Apple.