Ballmer throwing chair at “F*ing Google”

John Battelle has got his hand on a transcript from the on-going legal battle between Google and Microsoft over Google’s hiring of Kai-Fu Lee. The statement of an MSFT engineer that has moved to Google reads in part:

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."

More on the topic on Google News and in the NYT.

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