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Steve Ballmer's Clippers Apple-Free, Will Use Windows Instead

By    |   Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 07:32 PM

Apparently Apple is out and Microsoft is in as Steve Ballmer takes over leadership of the L.A. Clippers.

The former Microsoft CEO isn't shy about his allegiance to his old company, and that means his new team will be making the switch to Microsoft.

“Most of the Clippers are on Windows, some of the players and coaches are not," Ballmer told Reuters in an interview.

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Ballmer owns about 4 percent of Microsoft, although he stepped down from the board of directors recently. When he did so, CNN quoted him as writing, “"I bleed Microsoft — have for 34 years and I always will.”

Ballmer told CNN that Clippers head coach Doc Rivers asked him, "'We are probably going to get rid of these iPads, aren't we?'" His answer: "Yeah, we probably are."

But Ballmer has other things to attend to now, including making sure he made a solid $2 billion investment in buying the Clippers from Donald Sterling.

Ballmer owns 333 million shares of Microsoft and is the largest individual stockholder in the company.

Forbes said Ballmer is worth $21.9 billion.

Along with a no-Apple policy, Ballmer brings his trademark enthusiasm to the Clippers team. CNN put together a clip of some of his loud motivational talks at Microsoft, and then tacked on appearances he’s made so far as a Clippers owner.

Under one of the videos were the words, “See Steve Ballmer dance, howl and scream.”

In the comments under the CNN article, people joked about Ballmer blocking all iPhones from the stadium during games. Others thought he might be over-reaching a little.

“This seems really silly. I don't get why he would care what the players and coaches choose to use. Is he so insecure about the products he developed that he can't stand the fact that some people prefer something else? It's kind of sad when you have to force people to use your products,” one person wrote.

Another disagreed though, and said it was about loyalty to the company that made the $2 billion he used to buy the team.

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Apparently Apple is out and Microsoft is in as Steve Ballmer takes over leadership of the L.A. Clippers. The former Microsoft CEO isn't shy about his allegiance to his old company, and that means his new team will be making the switch to Windows.
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