Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) - NASDAQ
  • Nov. 10, 2010, 8:09 AM
    BlackRock (BLK), one of Microsoft's (MSFT) biggest shareholders, has cut its stake below 5%, just days after CEO Steve Ballmer sold 50M shares of the company. Is it time for investors to start getting nervous?
    | Nov. 10, 2010, 8:09 AM
  • Nov. 9, 2010, 4:55 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT) is suing Motorola (MOT) for the second time in recent days over patent violations. Today, Microsoft filed a suit against Motorola in a federal court for charging excessive royalties on video and wireless patents used in its Xbox. Last month, Microsoft sued Motorola for infringing on some of its own smartphone patents.
    | Nov. 9, 2010, 4:55 PM
  • Nov. 9, 2010, 2:25 PM
    Andrew Ross Sorkin asks if the SEC has bungled its disclosure rules after recent disclosures from the likes of Microsoft (MSFT) and Google (GOOG) that may have given a few savvy investors an edge. Vaguely worded guidance allows companies to publish market-moving news directly on their own websites without requiring wider distribution.
    | Nov. 9, 2010, 2:25 PM
  • Nov. 9, 2010, 12:50 PM

    An ongoing spat between Chinese firms Tencent, an instant messaging giant, and antivirus software maker Qihoo 360 demonstrates China's net users are "a fearsome herd when riled." Tencent suspended its service for Qihoo customers after Qihoo claimed Tencent was scanning users' private data. The result: users are blaming both vendors and have been flocking to (MSFT) MSN Messenger.

    | Nov. 9, 2010, 12:50 PM
  • Nov. 9, 2010, 11:43 AM

    Google (GOOG) launched Instant Preview, which offers its search engine users complete visual snapshots of their results, making the experience like "flipping through a magazine." Google says tests indicate the feature's users were 5% more likely to be satisfied with their click-throughs - while one reviewer suggests many will prefer Bing's (MSFT) text-heavy presentation.

    | Nov. 9, 2010, 11:43 AM
  • Nov. 9, 2010, 11:13 AM
    While the jury is still out on the Windows Phone 7's (MSFT) long-term success, T-Mobile claimed its HTC HD7 Windows-based smartphone was temporarily sold out Monday. However, Gartner says any Phone 7 gains for Microsoft will be short-lived, as Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) keep up their own smartphone momentum.
    | Nov. 9, 2010, 11:13 AM | 2 Comments
  • Nov. 8, 2010, 11:12 AM

    Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer is promising the new Windows Phone 7, on sale today, will "sell like crazy." However, observers making a sanity check note that the Windows smartphone only has 2,000 apps  - compared to Apple's (AAPL) 250,000. No smartphone apps equals no users, but Microsoft is betting its marketing muscle and its popular .NET development platform can carry the day.

    | Nov. 8, 2010, 11:12 AM
  • Nov. 8, 2010, 9:20 AM

    Two years from now, Windows 8 had better be a game-changing operating system if Microsoft (MSFT) wants its customer base to upgrade from Windows 7, which is still being deployed. Usually, companies want to "upgrade only to every other edition," says a Gartner analyst. Microsoft's customers proved this by staying on Windows XP instead of migrating to Vista.

    | Nov. 8, 2010, 9:20 AM | 3 Comments
  • Nov. 6, 2010, 2:29 PM
    CEO Steve Ballmer sold 50M shares of Microsoft (MSFT) in recent days, worth a total of $1.34B, and could sell another 25M by the end of the year. Worried his first share sale since 2003 might alarm some investors, Ballmer insists he has full confidence in the company and the sales were for financial diversification and tax reasons.
    | Nov. 6, 2010, 2:29 PM | 3 Comments
  • Nov. 5, 2010, 3:42 PM

    The launch of Microsoft’s (MSFT -1.5%) Kinect hands-free controller for the Xbox 360 looks to be a "huge success," judging by customer interest, pre-sales orders and initial purchases. But a couple of unexpected challenges: claims of a "racist" bias in the device and that it could be used to spy on users, both apparently without merit.

    | Nov. 5, 2010, 3:42 PM
  • Nov. 5, 2010, 1:26 PM

    Dell (DELL) will dump the BlackBerrys 25,000 of its employees use in favor of its own upcoming Venue Pro smartphones, says CFO Brian Gladden. After completing this migration, Dell will create and aggressively push a service that enables its own business clients to perform a similar swap. While one lost account won't kill Research in Motion (RIMM), it does show Dell wants to appear serious about its smartphone business.

    | Nov. 5, 2010, 1:26 PM | 6 Comments
  • Nov. 5, 2010, 12:02 PM
    Net neutrality's demise "has been greatly exaggerated" after Tuesday's Republican sweep, claims the Computer & Communications Industry Association, whose roster includes Microsoft (MSFT) and Facebook. CCIA notes voters "supported Democratic incumbents on the record in favor of net neutrality unanimously."
    | Nov. 5, 2010, 12:02 PM
  • Nov. 3, 2010, 3:33 PM

    Microsoft's (MSFT -1.3%) Kinect accessory for its Xbox 360 will be the most visible test in years of whether the company can churn out breakout consumer products. Microsoft raises its projection for Kinect sales to 5M from 3M; the $150 device, which allows users to play games simply by using gestures and voice commands, goes on sale at midnight in 30,000 U.S. stores.

    | Nov. 3, 2010, 3:33 PM | 8 Comments
  • Nov. 3, 2010, 1:25 PM
    Android (GOOG) gains, BlackBerry (RIMM) dips, and iPhone (AAPL) stays flat in comScore's latest smartphone market share data. Android picked up 6.5 percentage points to grab 21.4% of subscribers in Q3, while RIM slipped 2.8 points to 37.3% and Apple remained at 24.3%. Microsoft (MSFT) declined 2.8 points to 10%.
    | Nov. 3, 2010, 1:25 PM
  • Nov. 3, 2010, 9:22 AM
    R&D spending dropped at major firms last year for the first time in over a decade, with cuts concentrated in big-spending sectors like auto, computing, electronics and industrial. The top three R&D spenders were Roche (RHHBY.PK with $9.12B), Microsoft (MSFT, $9.01B) and Nokia (NOK, $8.24B).
    | Nov. 3, 2010, 9:22 AM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 3, 2010, 8:05 AM

    As projected, Republicans retake control of the House while Democrats hold onto their Senate majority despite GOP gains. Winners from the power shift include companies like IBM (IBM), Microsoft (MSFT) and Blackstone (BX), which now have new Republican allies in their fight against proposals to increase taxes on overseas profits.

    | Nov. 3, 2010, 8:05 AM | 1 Comment
Company Description
Microsoft Corp. develops and markets software, services and hardware that deliver new opportunities, greater convenience and enhanced value to people's lives. The company's products include operating systems for computing devices, servers, phones, and other intelligent devices; server... More
Sector: Technology
Industry: Application Software
Country: United States