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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)

  • May 28, 2010, 4:35 PM
    Apple (AAPL) may wish it hadn't passed Microsoft (MSFT) in market cap, because companies at the top of the rankings often proceed to lag the overall market. Mark Hulbert calculates that the top market cap company at the beginning of each year during the past 30 years proceeded to lag the overall market by an average 4.9%.
    | May 28, 2010, 4:35 PM | 3 Comments
  • May 28, 2010, 8:14 AM
    Pequot hedge fund founder Arthur Samberg, without admitting guilt or denying wrongdoing, agreed to pay nearly $28M to settle SEC charges that he engaged in insider trading of Microsoft (MSFT) shares. In a note to a former Microsoft employee who joined Pequot just before MSFT's April 2001 earnings announcement, Samberg wrote: "I shouldn't say this, but you have probably paid for yourself already!"
    | May 28, 2010, 8:14 AM | 2 Comments
  • May 27, 2010, 3:25 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT) uses its Twitter account to dispel speculation Steve Ballmer will be taking the stage at Apple's (AAPL) June 7 developer conference: "Steve Ballmer not speaking at Apple Dev Conf. Nor appearing on Dancing with the Stars. Nor riding in the Belmont. Just FYI."
    | May 27, 2010, 3:25 PM | Comment!
  • May 27, 2010, 11:38 AM
    So Apple (AAPL) has now passed Microsoft (MSFT +5%) in market cap? That makes MSFT a bargain, says Goldman Sachs ("We are buyers of the shares") - and the software maker is leading the Dow higher today. Through yesterday, MSFT had slumped 18% this month.
    | May 27, 2010, 11:38 AM | 2 Comments
  • May 27, 2010, 11:14 AM
    Chatter of an unlikely guest at Apple's (AAPL) June 7 Worldwide Developers Conference: Steve Ballmer (MSFT).
    | May 27, 2010, 11:14 AM | Comment!
  • May 27, 2010, 9:38 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer says he is unconcerned that his company has dropped behind Apple (AAPL) in market cap and that he is focused only on new products and enhancing profitability. Apple also is nipping at its heels in revenue - this fiscal year, Microsoft is expected to generate $61.6B, Apple $59B.
    | May 27, 2010, 9:38 AM | Comment!
  • May 26, 2010, 3:56 PM
    Apple (AAPL +0.1%) zooms past Microsoft (MSFT -3.7%) as the world's biggest tech company as measured by market cap. Shares of Apple are worth more than 10 times what they were 10 years ago, while Microsoft's are worth about 18% less.
    | May 26, 2010, 3:56 PM | Comment!
  • May 25, 2010, 2:44 PM
    OK, so a few heads rolled at Microsoft (MSFT -1.9%), but James Kwak wonders why Steve Ballmer still has a job. "Microsoft still has a dominant market share in PC operating systems and office applications, but it’s managed to take that massive competitive advantage and waste it everywhere else over the past decade."
    | May 25, 2010, 2:44 PM | 1 Comment
  • May 25, 2010, 12:15 PM
    An internal memo confirms the depth of the shakeup at Microsoft (MSFT) as Entertainment & Devices president (and 22-year company veteran) Robbie Bach will retire, and Chief Experience Officer (and "father" to the Xbox) J Allard leaves - which means MSFT must be on the lookout for its next "boy genius."
    | May 25, 2010, 12:15 PM | 1 Comment
  • May 25, 2010, 7:29 AM
    A major management shake-up is on tap for Microsoft's (MSFT -1.8%) Entertainment & Devices Division, the unit that handles the Xbox and Windows Phone. Sources expect an announcement as soon as this week, as heavy competition from Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) has left Microsoft both lagging and worried.
    | May 25, 2010, 7:29 AM | Comment!
  • May 24, 2010, 3:39 PM
    Hedge funds still love Apple (AAPL) the best, according to Goldman Sachs' (GS) quarterly report, followed by BofA (BAC), Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM). Among the newcomers to the list: Baidu (BIDU), Kraft (KFT), Xerox (XRX), CIT Group (CIT). But the hedgies miss sometimes too, as evidenced by Google's 20% thud this year.
    | May 24, 2010, 3:39 PM | Comment!
  • May 24, 2010, 2:36 PM
    The Supreme Court refuses to consider Microsoft's (MSFT -0.9%) challenge to a ruling that said Outlook software and two other products infringed a patent held by Alcatel-Lucent (ALU +0.4%).
    | May 24, 2010, 2:36 PM | Comment!
  • May 24, 2010, 1:12 PM
    The Supreme Court won't hear Microsoft's (MSFT) appeal of a case in which the date-picker in its Outlook product was ruled to infringe on an Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) patent. A trial will set new damages after a previous $358M award against Microsoft was overturned.
    | May 24, 2010, 1:12 PM | 1 Comment
  • May 24, 2010, 11:32 AM
    Continuing trouble with software piracy in China has Microsoft (MSFT) looking more to India and Indonesia, CEO Steve Ballmer says. "There's no software market to speak of" in China, and the U.S. needs to enforce intellectual property: "If the U.S. is going to export to Asia, it’s going to export IP, whether it’s in pharmaceuticals, technology."
    | May 24, 2010, 11:32 AM | 6 Comments
  • May 17, 2010, 10:34 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT +0.2%) will pay $200M to VirnetX (VHC +4.6%) and obtain a patent license in a settlement of patent-infringement lawsuits. (PR)
    | May 17, 2010, 10:34 AM | Comment!
  • May 14, 2010, 9:46 AM
    Video game sales plunged 26% in April, one of the largest declines of the past decade. Sales were lower for all three top home consoles: Nintendo's (NTDOY.PK) Wii, Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox 360, Sony's (SNE) PlayStation 3.
    | May 14, 2010, 9:46 AM | 8 Comments
Company Description
Microsoft Corp is engaged in designing, manufacturing, selling devices, and online advertising. Its products include operating systems for computing devices, servers, phones and other devices.
Sector: Technology
Country: United States