In an interview with US newspaper USA Today, Steve Ballmer said "I guarantee you it won't be [as much as] four or five years." in response to being asked when Microsoft's next operating system is coming out.
This was the same interview in which he had said there is "no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share," adding "if you actually take a look at the 1.3 billion phones that get sold, I'd prefer to have our software in 60 or 70 or 80 percent of them, than I would to have 2 or 3 per cent, which is what Apple might get.
When confronted with the irony of Microsoft crying "anti-competitive" at Google's proposed acquisition of online ad company Double Click, Ballmer was more subdued. "If the regulators decide there's an issue there, they'll take a look at it, and if they decide there's not, so be it, he said.
"What we think of as television today, what we think of as newspapers, magazines, you name it - all of those things are going to move to the Internet and be funded by advertising. And so we're talking about a pretty important part of people's basic lives."