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August 2, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Microsoft’s iPad: Wi-fis and bigger GBs, please

(Today’s column …)

Have you seen that hilarious (and profane) YouTube cartoon – done after work by a Best Buy employee – about a woman shopping for an iPhone 4?

No matter how many ways the clerk explains that they’ve only got the more advanced HTC Evo, she keeps saying “I don’t care, I want the iPhone 4.”

Believe it or not, a troupe of Wall Street jokesters and tech journalists acted out the Web sensation last week in Redmond, during Microsoft’s annual Financial Analyst Meeting.

To make it fresh, this chorus substituted “iPad” for “iPhone 4” and cut the f-bombs.

Seriously, it was the highlight of the day.

With apologies to the creator of the “iPhone4 vs HTC Evo” video, here’s how it went down.

Chorus: “iPad! Where is the iPad?”

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July 29, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Microsoft: We gave $169 billion to investors, more to come?

The most jaw-dropping number of the day: $169 billion is how much Microsoft has returned to shareholders over the last 10 years through dividends and stock buybacks. That was a closing note from Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein during Microsoft’s annual meeting with financial analysts. But apparently $169 billion isn’t enough. During the question and answer session,…

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July 29, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Ballmer says Win7 tablets and personal clouds coming

Steve Ballmer’s trying to set the record straight on Microsoft’s maligned consumer businesses. “We’re pretty focused in a set of areas we think have big potential,” the Microsoft chief executive said to 180 or so financial analysts meeting in Redmond today. During his presentation, it was disclosed that Microsoft’s expecting Windows 7 tablets to spread in early…

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July 29, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Microsoft to analysts: Here’s how we win business & the cloud

Microsoft has a four-point plan for winning business customers, Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner told the 180 or so financial analysts in Redmond for the company’s annual analyst meeting. 1. Leading with the cloud with our customers. “We offer choice” was the old message the company took to business customers. The new “leading with…

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