There are certain things you can expect on the main stage at every Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference.
One is a high-energy Steve Ballmer keynote to kick things off. Another is some sort of parade involving partners crossing the stage from more than 100 countries. Third is a closing keynote from Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner, in which he stirs things up with a bunch of crazy one-liner potshots at Microsoft's competition.
Microsoft played up Turner's combativeness this year, with Microsoft global channel chief Jon Roskill and others referring to the COO as Microsoft's "Chief Compete Officer." Turner did his part on Wednesday, and partners in the Staples Center in Los Angeles seemed to enjoy it. During the keynote, Jamison West, CEO of Arterian, tweeted, "Kevin Turner has a career in comedy if Microsoft doesn't work out."
Here are some of the Turner-isms from this year:
Posted by Scott Bekker on July 14, 2011 at 11:58 AM
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