Video: Eric Schmidt blabs about Ballmer, Jobs

I was on the board until I couldn’t stand the board anymore.

Ex-Apple man and current Google CEO, Eric Schmidt came down clean on why he left Apple, though that’s the only thing he said on the issue, without elaborating on it.

Eric was on stage at Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce 2011 conference with CEO Marc Benioff at San Francisco’s Moscone West center, Apple’s preferred venue for product launches. Apart from speaking of his Apple exit, he went on to appreciate Steve Jobs’ contribution to the field of technology, attracting applauds from the crowd.

What Steve has done at Apple is certainly the best performance of a CEO for over fifty years, maybe a hundred years. But not only did he do it once, he did it twice. We’ve all benefited from the tremendous innovation at Apple. And I say this as a very proud former board member at Apple.

Microsoft to unveil Windows Phone 7.5 Mango in special ‘VIP Preview’ tonight

Microsoft is all set to deliver some juicy Mango-flavored updates tonight at a special “VIP Preview” at 10:00am Eastern time. Yesterday, Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer promised over 500 new features in the next major release of the Windows Phone OS so we’ll be keenly waiting to hear all of them. One by one. In excruciating detail. Here are the times you need to be switched on:

04:00 – Hawaii
07:00 – Pacific
08:00 – Mountain
09:00 – Central
10:00 – Eastern
15:00 – London
16:00 – Paris
18:00 – Moscow
22:00 – Perth
22:00 – Shenzhen
23:00 – Tokyo
00:00 – Sydney (May 25th)

Top blog Engadget will covering the event Live! We at Firstain will try our best to get into the act ourselves. Stay tuned!