So I covered Ballmer’s boo-hoo speech a few days ago.
Today, I found a podcast of Eric Schmidt talking about Google. When asked about his competitors, this is what he said:
Interviewer: What’s one thing that your big competitors like Microsoft and Yahoo are doing that really impresses you?
Schmidt: The big competitors we face are well managed. And, they are innovating in spaces we don’t innovate, and using their strengths there in ways we can’t or we choose not to. So in that sense I think their execution is impressive.
In short, he patted them on the back. Never once in the entire interview did he even mention the word “Microsoft.”