Steve Ballmer talks Xbox and Windows 8

Steve Ballmer, CEO at Microsoft took the stage today at the company’s 2011 annual meeting, where he discussed and answered many questions about the company, talked about the Xbox, and answered some questions about Windows 8.

Steve Ballmer discusses a wide range of subjects which were related to Microsoft’s performance, Ballmer took questions from shareholders during the meeting today. One of the shareholders asked if the company were planning to split up to help unlock the value of the company. “There’s nothing that I see in creating fundamental value in splitting the company up,” Steve Ballmer said. He continues “The company doesn’t invest in things that are idly independent. Drawing a set of arbitrary boundaries is quite hard.”

Ballmer also talked about the Xbox, where he praised the game console, which is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary today. The Xbox 360 console is currently the number 1 gaming console in the United States. Ballmer said “Last year, we introduced the Kinect for Xbox, and everything has changed now. Not only do we have the Xbox upstairs, but I was instructed to bring games home for Grandma and Grandpa for Thanksgiving this year.”

Steve Ballmer also talked a little bit about Windows 8, “We’ve got broad Windows initiatives, driving Windows down to the phone. With Windows 8 you’ll see incredible new form factors powered by Windows.” Ballmer said. “We’re seeing to it that no one has to compromise on the experience they want,” he added. “We are in the Windows era — we were, we are, and we always will be. We are in an era in which the range of smart devices is continuing to expand. That’s a fantastic thing for Microsoft.” He continued.

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