Batelle: "Are you glad you didn't buy Yahoo for $44 billion?"
You know, times change. Ask any CEO who might have bought something before the market crashed in 2008, "Would you be glad you didn't buy something?" Hallelujah. ... If Yahoo would have accepted our bid ... we would have closed post-Lehman Brothers. Sometimes you're lucky in this life.
Sometimes you're lucky, and sometimes you're Yahoo. Fortunately, 70 percent of the time you just don't care.
Ballmer called Windows 8 a "a no-compromise approach" that lets you use traditional input devices or your very own digits, and he ducked a question about whether Microsoft is building its own smartphones. But the most interesting responses came to questions about why anyone should buy a Windows Phone smartphone instead of an iPhone or Android handset. Sayeth Ballmer:
[Windows 8 phones put] your information front and center. Your friends and what's going with them doing, that's front and center. It's not seas of icons and blah blah blah. Add a button -- click. Bing's there to help you get things done.
You don't need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows phone. I think you do to use an Android phone. ... It's hard for me to be excited about the Android phones. Apple's a good competitor, but a different kind of competitor.
Oh, snap. I bet the computer scientists over at Google will have something to say about that.
Anyway, it's good to have Ballmer back. I need somebody to write about. It was getting kind of lonely out here.
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