Ballmer vows to “kill Google”

In a court released document pertaining to the case of Microsoft versus Kai-Fu Lee, Mark Lucovsky, testified to Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer to the following when he told Mr. Ballmer he was leaving Microsoft for Google:

Prior to joining Google, I set up a meeting on or about November 11, 2004 with Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer to discuss my planned departure….At some point in the conversation Mr. Ballmer said: “Just tell me it’s not Google.” I told him it was Google.

At that point, Mr. Ballmer picked up a chair and threw it across the room hitting a table in his office. Mr. Ballmer then said: “Fucking Eric Schmidt is a fucking pussy. I’m going to fucking bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I’m going to fucking kill Google.” ….

Thereafter, Mr. Ballmer resumed trying to persuade me to stay….Among other things, Mr. Ballmer told me that “Google’s not a real company. It’s a house of cards.”

Mr. Lucovsky was a ex-Microsoft senior engineer that joined Google.
Sometimes, people don’t realize that their behavior within the company doesn’t necessarily stay within the company. Can I see Steve Ballmer throwing a chair? Yes I could.
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