SteveBallmer, chief executive of Microsoft, arrives in Londontomorrow and will struggle to get the attention onto the software plus servicesmessage with most of the attention being on his view of the economy.
In hisposition in the driving seat at one of the largest global vendors the weightgiven to his comments about the economy are sent across the global wires.
Sofar he has not been fantastically consistent telling business leaders in hisnative US that things will be okay last week before pitching up Norwaylast night warning that no company can be immune from the current problems.
According toreports from Reuters the comments made to an audience in Oslo included the line that no company wasimmune and the downturn would have an impact on both consumer and businessspending.
Tomorrowmorning he stands up in London and bearing in mind the bail-out he mentioned hehoped would be voted into force by US legislators has failed it will be interestingto see if there are any words of comfort for resellers concerned about thefuture.
Stocks havecontinued to fall with Apple among the noticeable technology losers with a 20%share price drop caused by worries its consumer revenues will be hit hard bythe downturn.