Microsoft (MSFT) has apparently been dreaming big lately. A day after the WSJ reported the...

Microsoft (MSFT) has apparently been dreaming big lately. A day after the WSJ reported the software giant held M&A talks with Nokia, it reports Microsoft recently explored creating an e-commerce marketplace that would challenge eBay (EBAY) and Amazon (AMZN). A Microsoft spokeswoman admits the existence of an e-commerce initiative, codenamed Brazil, but adds the company has tabled its plans. Sources claim Microsoft was actually thinking of "subsidizing the price of goods" on its marketplace via ad dollars, presumably to deal with the chicken-and-egg problem any such service would have.

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  • movies555
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    Microsoft, always a pioneer.
    20 Jun 2013, 06:34 PM Reply Like
  • chrome188
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    Microsoft has an excessive number of employees, who are the source of a lot of misdirected efforts.
    21 Jun 2013, 09:33 AM Reply Like
  • JC_B
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    Go big or go home.
    20 Jun 2013, 06:45 PM Reply Like
  • smithmgtx
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    put down the crack pipe . . .
    20 Jun 2013, 07:36 PM Reply Like
  • alphaRAJU
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    Why are Americans hating Microsoft so much. Long MSFT, NOK, CSCO, ALU
    20 Jun 2013, 07:39 PM Reply Like
  • ClintonSPX
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    me too ideas never work. I love Ebay and paypal and would never use the MSFT's product. Just like I never use bing and always use google.
    21 Jun 2013, 12:46 AM Reply Like
  • therealbugalugs
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    Proof of two things yet again (1) they have never come up with an original idea themselves and (2) they are still acting like a monopoly.


    Time to break them up and let the market innovate again...
    21 Jun 2013, 07:20 AM Reply Like
  • gsterling
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    RAJU - I think why many people hate MSFT is because they have been poorly run. For a company that has been flush with cash and had such a strong market position they leveraged into almost nothing. Smartphones, search, music/tv, etc. They are second or third fiddle at best in these markets. They also failed to make use of their cash by making any quality strategic purchases. Everything they do is reactionary and the only thing outside of their core business that they've done really well with is XBox (and they could be on the verge of blowing that with all the negative press).
    21 Jun 2013, 07:58 AM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    "Everything they do is reactionary"


    WebTV ... Microsoft has implementation problem!
    21 Jun 2013, 08:40 AM Reply Like
  • gsterling
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    Yes that too!
    21 Jun 2013, 08:56 AM Reply Like
  • JC_B
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    Wow. Microsoft makes billions of dollars in revenue. I don't think they have ever lost money. They are involved in our everyday lives in ways we can't see. But they are poorly run?
    Don't get me wrong - they clearly make mistakes at times. But they are a damn fine company.
    And yes, you can win the me too game by doing it better. Bing is not as good a search tool as Google - especially location-based searches. If they get better, they'll give Google a run for their money - and force everyone to get better. There is nothing that precludes MS from entering the online marketplace and making a success of it.
    21 Jun 2013, 10:57 AM Reply Like
  • oliversk
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    Sorry, but I'm 100% bullish on MSFT. Microsoft is the new APPL! Ballmer's strategy is awesome, everyone who's followed the company can see that they are on the move - this is going to a market cap beyond 300 quickly. Yes, there are risks but I see more upside


    1) Outlook gaining market share
    2) Lumia catching up in key markets like the US and EU
    3) Office 365 brings in steady cash - I'm very fond of their new products myself and embraced both 8 and Office
    4) Windows 8.1 will accelerate Win8 growth
    5) 4 will boost tablet sales
    6) MSFT opening stores in many locations => increased competition for APPL
    7) MSFT actively trying to improve products and doing so in bold ways: Read here for a recap


    Also, keep in mind that SNE might not win this console war and MSFT will be the winner again (yes, early indicators are poor, but they are actively responding to customer complaints this time)


    All in all, their strategy is bold and risky but that's exactly why I think it will work, they were passive for too long and this is a break-out attempt. An attempt to compete with Google, Amazon and Apple toe-to-toe
    23 Jun 2013, 03:33 PM Reply Like
  • Baby Danny
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    I think they are doing a good job, I like that they are trying new things. The dividend is good but it should be better.
    23 Jun 2013, 07:59 PM Reply Like
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