Ballmer: Newspapers and Magazines Will Be Dead in 10 Years

Steve Ballmer had some interesting things to say in this Washington Post interview, echoing outgoing Bill Gates thoughts on print vs digital media: within 10 years, there will be no print based newspapers or magazines. It will be delivered in electronic form.

Is Mr. Ballmer right? Well, I can tell you that I have not subscribed to a newspaper in about 5 years. I read all my news online via the paper’s website or RSS feed. My wife, though, still loves reading print magazines. However, that model is changing for her due to the Amazon Kindle, and I expect that, given some time, she would make a switch to digital magazines on the Kindle, too. In my opinion, the death march for newspapers and magazines has already begun.


What do you think?