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Microsoft marketing to small Japan firms [Business Week]
Summary: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced today in Tokyo his firm will invest "tens of millions of dollars" to promote its software to small and medium-sized Japanese enterprises. Microsoft will also increase the number of its stores in Japan by four to total 11 by the end of 2007. Regarding the delay in its Vista operating system release, CEO Ballmer said, "We will never have a five-year gap between releases again."
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Potentially impacted stocks and ETFs: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), IBM (NYSE:IBM), Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL), SAP AG (NYSE:SAP) • ETFs: iShares S&P Global Technology (NYSEARCA:IXN), Software HOLDRs (NYSE:SWH), Technology Select Sector SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLK), Vanguard Information Technology ETF (NYSEARCA:VGT)
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