Ballmer: Regrets, I have a few

The shy, retiring and outgoing CEO of Microsoft, Steve “there’s a kind of hush” Ballmer has been ruminating on his success and failures lately.

According to AFP, Ballmer told analysts that his biggest regret was missing the boat on smartphones

He said that there was a period in the early 2000s when the Vole was so focused on what it had to do around Windows that it didn’t redeploy talent to phones. In the long term it would have been better for Windows and he regrets missing the boat.

Of course, Microsoft also missed the rise of the internet. It did not miss tablets, it just could not convince the world that a netbook without a keyboard was something anyone in their right mind would want.

These days Microsoft has “almost no share” in mobile devices, Ballmer admitted, but he said that leaves the company with significant “upside opportunities”. In other words, don’t look at the length, feel the width.

Ballmer said Microsoft needs to seize crucial opportunities with its hairy claws, particularly in cloud computing services, in online subscriptions to its word processing suite Office, and with its search engine Bing.

Steve Ballmer, 57, announced in August that he would retire within a year.