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The best comments, quotes, and random zingers we heard this week…

“[Microsoft has] many great assets and many great challenges. The great assets are the technology, and Windows, Office. And you guys know Ballmer. He is unbelievably self-aware, self-critical, smart. He’s the last guy to be in any little bit of denial.”—Outgoing Microsoft board member and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

“Most phones, tablets and other devices don’t use a Microsoft OS. Google runs and entirely on Linux. So as the world of electronics diversified, most companies created new gadgets without Windows. So if the desktop goes away, Microsoft may go away with it.”—A GeekWire reader responding to Hastings’ remarks.

“But as we talked about it more, the bigger issue for my mom was the familiarity of the iPhone to the people around her.”—GeekWire’s Todd Bishop writing about his mom’s reasoning for buying a new iPhone.

“I’ve heard tablet fans say that their devices are perfect for those moments when they want to do something on a bigger screen, but they don’t want to open their laptops. If I had to diagnose myself, I’d say I just I don’t think I’d have those moments. The Air is quick to grab and power up, when I have someplace to sit with it. When I don’t, the iPhone works great.”—GeekWire’s Mónica Guzmán writing about why she’s decided to skip buying a new tablet.

“If I’m going to write, I use my ultrabook. If I’m out and about it’s obviously my phone. But for reading, for quick info, for recipes, etc., the tablet shines.”—GeekWire reader BrentR offering why he finds value in his tablet.

“Either way, this just makes me hate (Windows Phone). To be clear, I’d hate Apple or Google if they did this too. It’s not anti-Microsoft it’s anti crass marketing.”—A GeekWire reader responding to Microsoft’s new marketing campaign for Windows Phone, which will feature characters from The Hobbit.

“Gotta say love that SURFACE! Have bought 12 already for Christmas gifts. #FavoriteThings.”—Oprah Winfrey in a Tweet, which was apparently sent from her iPad.

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