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September 14, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Microsoft’s analyst meeting, in quotes and slides

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Here are a few tidbits from Microsoft’s financial analyst meeting today.

Steve Ballmer, chief executive: “One of the things we are focused on is morphing the dialogue so we and our [hardware] partners get ahead of new hardware trends together.”

Ballmer on Microsoft’s seven business pillars: “Phones, PCs and TVs, the software for those; PCs broadly including tablets and slates; a back-end infrastructure platform with Windows Server and Azure; productivity and communciation; information and search; ERP and CRM. That’s what we do, that’s what we’re about financially.”

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Ballmer on Windows Phone: “We haven’t sold quite as many probably as I would have hoped the first year … We’ve just got to kick this thing to the next level.”

Ballmer on Skype: “It’s probably fair to say that over the next five to 10 years real-time video will explode as a percentage of all communications … innovating around these scenarios is super valuable.”

Kevin Turner, chief operating officer: “The flywheel on our cloud services is just starting.”

Turner on Microsoft’s hit SharePoint collaboration software: “It’s become the Facebook for the enterprise.”

Qi Lu, online services president: “To win in search we must breakthrough, breakthrough from where we are …. We must change the game fundamentally.”

Satya Nadella, server & tools president: “Our strategy is to cloud-optimize every business.”

Peter Klein, chief financial officer:

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