Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Criticizes Steve Ballmer's Tenure at Microsoft
In an interview with BBC News, Wozniak was critical of both Ballmer and Microsoft.
"I don't know how the world judges Steve Ballmer, but I don't think his time there was as important or significant as Bill Gate's," Wozniak said.
The way Wozniak sees it, Microsoft made the big mistake of "resting on" the markets it built up a long time ago, like Windows and Office. Ironically, Apple faces some of the same criticism in the media, namely for its inability to innovate new products and features since Steve Jobs passed away. When asked if Apple could find itself in the same boat as Microsoft is currently in, Wozniak had plenty to say.
"Apple's a big company and still was able to come up with, you know, at least under the leadership of Steve Jobs, the great new directions of the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad, and you know how much our life has changed in recent times. We were a huge company full of management and bureaucracy and all that stuff," Wozniak said. "Usually a big company can not move fast. Apple found the formulas and they're still there."
Though he believes Ballmer dropped the ball at Microsoft, Wozniak feels Tim Cook is the right man to lead Apple. He also touched on the topic of Samsung, giving the company credit for its "great marketing prowess" and having distribution channels and reps in the right places around the world.