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Friday, September 02, 2005



Ballmer Vows To "Kill Google"


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(Hat Tip: Google Rumors, John Battelle)

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer vowed to "kill" Google in an expletitive-laced, chair-throwing tirade when a senior engineer told him he was leaving the company to go work for Google, the engineer claimed in court documents made public on Friday.

Steve Ballmer is a "little infuriated" after learning that another one of his employee's is leaving Microsoft to work for their arch rival, Google. With the young search engine king stealing the best Microsoft has to offer to the tech world, it looks as if Microsoft is not only running out of talent, but out of patience as well.

(Warning: partial transcript below contains words which may be offensive to some readers)

"At some point in the conversation, Mr. Ballmer said: 'Just tell me it's not Google,'" Lucovosky said in his statement. Lucovosky replied that he was joining Google.

"At that point, Mr. Ballmer picked up a chair and threw it across the room hitting a table in his office," Lucovosky recounted, adding that Ballmer then launched into a tirade about Google CEO Eric Schmidt. "I'm going to f***ing bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I'm going to f***ing kill Google." Schmidt previously worked for Sun Microsystems and was the CEO of Novell.

Mark Lucovosky was a senior engineer at Microsoft who resigned in order to take a position with Google. Microsoft's animosity towards Google is not without reason, as one of their talented executives Kai-Fu Lee left Microsoft to work for the search giant, and is currently fighting a court battle against them in order to head up Google's operations in China.

The competition between Google and Microsoft seems to be intensifying, as Microsoft has (through a lawsuit) won a temporary measure forbidding Lee from working with Google. Although temporarily barred, Google is counter suing the measure and one of the hottest stories in the tech world is now moving to federal court.



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