Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said hardware will pave the wave for Microsoft’s future success.
In an interview on FOX Business Network’s Cavuto: Coast-to-Coast, Ballmer said he was proud for his instrumental role in the launch of the first-generation Surface, a hybrid tablet computer originally released in 2012.
“It’s one of the things I am really proud about was getting the muscle really working so that the company could do hardware. Because I do think it’s an important part of the future. I love the way the Surface has now emerged,” he said.
Ballmer, who ran the company as CEO from 2000-2014, said it Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is may be returning to focusing on developing more hardware.
“The thing that I was pretty clear about when I was working there was we [the company] absolutely had to be in the hardware business and as you noted, we’ve been in Xbox for a while but it wasn’t really a general purpose capability. So, Surface and then phones, it sounds like they are taking a different kind of cut at it just from what I read from the press,” he said.
When he is not cheering on the Los Angeles Clippers NBA team as an owner, Ballmer said he continues to root for Microsoft as a share owner and occasionally comes across his former colleagues.
“When I first left Microsoft, maybe I had some value to add as transition occurred. But I told Satya [Microsoft CEO] before we actually did the formal handoff, you should just know, ex CEOs are really out of date in about six months, year max,” Ballmer said.