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October 19, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Ballmer confirms Nokia phone debut; you can quote him on that

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed what’s been widely speculated: Nokia will show its first Windows Phone devices next week during its Nokia World conference in London.

Ballmer made his remark this week at the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco, which has become somewhat of a Ballmer quote-a-palooza.

Here are some choice Ballmer quotes from the event. (Video of his appearance is below):

  • “Sometimes you’re lucky” — when asked if he was glad Microsoft lost its $44.6 billion 2008 bid to buy Yahoo. Ballmer was referrring to timing since the market crashed afterwards. (He continued saying: “With that said, there are a lot of great things at Yahoo. That’s why the alliance is very important. … We love the partnership.”)
  • “You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows Phone. I think you do to use an Android phone.” — when asked why people should buy a Windows Phone rather than an Android phone
  • “When you actually go to grab the phone and use it, the notion of putting your information front and center, your friends — what’s going on with them — that’s front and center. It’s not seas of icons and blah, blah, blah.” — on why people should buy a Windows Phone rather than an iPhone
  • Microsoft is “focused on enabling hardware innovation” broadly through its manufacturing partners. — sidestepping a question on if Microsoft would ever build its own smartphone devices.
  • “All in, baby!” — regarding Microsoft’s emphasis on the cloud
  • “We are winning, winning, winning, winning, winning.” — regarding competition with Google Apps
  • “Take any search you want: Try it out on Bing, and try it out on Google. Certainly, in our own internal tests, 70% of the time you probably won’t care, 15% of the time you’ll probably like us better, and 15% of the time you’ll like the other guy better. And that’s before you get to user interface innovation and things we’ve done to make search more than just 10 blue links.” — responding to a question about how Bing is doing

Here’s a video of Ballmer at the Web 2.0 summit:

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(Video from YouTube user TechWebTV)

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