Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer thinks Dropbox is a “fine little startup”

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer thinks Dropbox is a "fine little startup" January 30, 2013

According to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Dropbox isn’t much of a threat. As a matter of fact, Ballmer thinks Dropbox is a “fine little startup” when compared to SkyDrive and Microsoft’s cloud offerings.

When asked if Microsoft’s late entrance into the cloud business was a concern, especially since Dropbox already has 100 million users, he had this to say: “Well, you’ve got to remember, 100 million sounds like a pretty small number to me, actually. We’ve got a lot more Office users. And actually if you even want to go to the cloud, we have a lot of Hotmail and SkyDrive users. I’m not beating on Dropbox. They’re a fine little startup and that’s great,” Ballmer stated in an interview.

Ballmer was asked about the $1.2 billion the company spent last year for Yammer and if Dropbox was a threat. “Well, remember, there are two different things here. Yammer is about sort of mid-size companies and above. And what we’re trying to do with [Microsoft’s cloud-based service] Office 365, it has an enterprise side and a consumer side. If you want to get numbers like 100 million, it helps to start with consumers as opposed to businesses so you’re doing an apples-to-apples comparison,” Ballmer added. Hit the source link for the full interview.

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