Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer vowed to "kill" Google in an
expletitive-laced, chair-throwing tirade when a senior engineer
told him he was leaving the company to go work for Google, the
engineer claimed in court documents made public on Friday.
In a sworn statement made public Friday, Mark Lucovsky, another
Microsoft senior engineer who left for Google in November 2004,
recounted Ballmer's angry reaction when Lucovsky told Ballmer
he was going to work for the search engine company.
"At some point in the conversation, Mr. Ballmer said: 'Just tell
me it's not Google,'"Lucovosky said in his statement. Lucovosky
replied that he was joining Google.
"At that point, Mr. Ballmer picked up a chair and threw it across
the room hitting a table in his office," Lucovosky recounted,
adding that Ballmer then launched into a tirade about Google
CEO Eric Schmidt. "I'm going to f***ing bury that guy, I have
done it before, and I will do it again. I'm going to f***ing
kill Google." Schmidt previously worked for Sun Microsystems and
was the CEO of Novell. There is more at news.com