Monday, September 05, 2005

Lucovsky claims Microsoft CEO vowed to 'f---ing kill Google'

The battle began when Microsoft executive Kai-Fu Lee left for Google in July, Microsoft claimed this was a violation of a one-year, non-compete agreement.

The following is a sworn statement in which Mark Lucovsky, another Microsoft senior engineer who left for Google in November 2004, recounted Steve Ballmer's reaction.

'"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.'

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