Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) - NASDAQ
  • Nov. 12, 2012, 5:05 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT) and Motorola are due in court this week over Microsoft's claim that the Google (GOOG) unit tried to overcharge it for standards-essential patents for Motorola's streaming technology. The case is being widely watched, as the judge, James Robart, will write an opinion about what constitutes a reasonable and nondiscriminatory license offer, which could guide future licensing.
    | Nov. 12, 2012, 5:05 AM
  • Nov. 9, 2012, 6:56 PM

    Microsoft (MSFT) wants to take on SAP and Oracle in the in-memory database market: Redmond claims the next version of its SQL Server database will include "Hekaton," an in-memory solution it promises will deliver huge performance gains. Much like the virtualization market, Microsoft is hoping to undercut the competition by bundling its in-memory product with existing, widely-used software. Demand for SAP's Hana in-memory database has been soaring, as enterprises rush to adopt it for demanding analytics tasks.

    | Nov. 9, 2012, 6:56 PM
  • Nov. 9, 2012, 2:12 PM

    For every $2 U.S. consumers spent on traditional video game products in October, they spent nearly $1 on "digital format sales" such as downloads, subscriptions, in-app purchases, and mobile apps, according to NPD. Sales figures for traditional products were predictably bleak - hardware -37% Y/Y, software -25%, accessories +5% - though analyst Liam Callahan thinks rising M/M console sales bode well for the holiday season. Take-Two's (TTWO) NBA 2K13 was the best-selling game. (September) (mobile gaming: I, II)

    | Nov. 9, 2012, 2:12 PM
  • Nov. 7, 2012, 6:42 PM

    Pres. Obama's re-election doesn't bode well for the odds of a tax holiday on overseas cash, notes Eric Savitz. That's problematic for large-cap tech names such as Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), and Cisco (CSCO), which respectively have $83B, $54B, and $42.5B stashed overseas (per their most recent financials). As Savitz observes, there's a good chance some of that cash will be used on foreign acquisitions, especially in light of recent deals such as Microsoft/Skype and Cisco/NDS.

    | Nov. 7, 2012, 6:42 PM | 31 Comments
  • Nov. 7, 2012, 2:44 PM

    A German site has leaked pricing for the Windows 8 Pro versions of Microsoft Surface (MSFT). The 64GB Surface Pro will reportedly have a local cost of €809 ($1,027) after including VAT, and the 128GB a cost of €909 ($1,160). At those prices (well above Surface RT's), Surface Pro, which uses an Intel Core i5 CPU, is likely to be a niche product. Especially since many OEMs are releasing cheaper and thinner (albeit less powerful) Windows 8 Pro devices based on Intel's Clover Trail Atom CPU.

    | Nov. 7, 2012, 2:44 PM | 17 Comments
  • Nov. 7, 2012, 11:55 AM

    Quick take on Office Mobile: Microsoft (MSFT) may have decided any revenue produced by iOS/Android downloads, which would have to be priced around $10-$15/app to be competitive, would be pocket change compared with the billions generated by PC Office sales. Hence Microsoft decides its top priority is to support its Office subscription push - a push that will get stronger with Office 2013. But the strategy risks hurting Microsoft's iPad presence at a time when the iPad is making huge corporate inroads.

    | Nov. 7, 2012, 11:55 AM | 10 Comments
  • Nov. 7, 2012, 11:41 AM

    Microsoft Office (MSFT) will finally arrive on iOS and Android in early 2013, sources tell The Verge, but the details they give are likely to disappoint many. Free versions of the productivity suite, dubbed Office Mobile, will allow users to view Office docs, but editing will only be enabled for those who purchase an Office 365 subscription. Moreover, the apps reportedly "won't go very far" in terms of replicating PC Office functionality. (previous)

    | Nov. 7, 2012, 11:41 AM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 7, 2012, 4:01 AM

    A Chinese safety standards body has granted a certification of quality to Sony's (SNE) PlayStation 3, prompting speculation that China may overturn its ban of gaming consoles. However, consultant Lisa Hanson points out that any repeal is the purview of the Ministry of Culture, and even if the ban is ended, Sony, Microsoft (MSFT) and Nintendo (NTDOF.PK) would face huge competition from online and mobile games.

    | Nov. 7, 2012, 4:01 AM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 6, 2012, 7:23 PM

    Microsoft (MSFT) is building a 7" gaming tablet meant to complement the Xbox, multiple sources tell The Verge. The device is said to feature a custom ARM processor and also a specialized Windows kernel. Rumors about an Xbox tablet were floating around shortly before Microsoft introduced Surface. A new Xbox console is expected late next year, along with a refreshed Kinect.

    | Nov. 6, 2012, 7:23 PM | 4 Comments
  • Nov. 6, 2012, 4:37 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT) is planning to invest $100M in a new Rio De Janeiro R&D center, a Brazilian paper reports. The company has already invested $5M in a Sao Paulo R&D hub, and announced it will begin manufacturing the Xbox 360 in Brazil.
    | Nov. 6, 2012, 4:37 PM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 6, 2012, 12:06 PM

    AT&T (T) will sell Nokia's (NOK) Lumia 920 and 820 for $100 and $50 apiece with contracts. The 920's price (like that of the Lumia 900) undercuts the iPhone and many high-end Android models, but is only par with AT&T's pricing for HTC's Windows Phone 8X. Reviews for the 920 (I, II, III) have been positive, but not glowing. Much will come down to the extent consumers embrace a UI that's radically different from Android and iOS, and are willing to accept a smaller app ecosystem.

    | Nov. 6, 2012, 12:06 PM | 30 Comments
  • Nov. 5, 2012, 12:04 PM

    While IHS pegs the manufacturing cost of the $329 iPad Mini at $188, the manufacturing cost of the $199 Kindle Fire HD (AMZN) is estimated to be just a little lower at $165. If accurate, that almost certainly means the device is sold at a loss after factoring in other costs. Meanwhile, Microsoft's (MSFT) $499 Surface RT is believed to have a manufacturing cost of just $271, $137 of which goes to components procured from Samsung. (more on Fire HD) (more on Surface)

    | Nov. 5, 2012, 12:04 PM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 2, 2012, 4:30 PM

    More on Microsoft's (MSFT) smartphone: Bloomberg reports Mister Softee views a home-grown smartphone as a backup plan in the event this quarter's Windows Phone 8 launches (headlined by Nokia, Samsung, and HTC) disappoint. That's in-line with an October report from The Verge. Also: a Microsoft exec says WP8 still lacks a notification center (a feature long available on Android/iOS) because Microsoft "ran out of time" ahead of its launch. (Lumia 920 review) (market share data)

    | Nov. 2, 2012, 4:30 PM | 13 Comments
  • Nov. 2, 2012, 2:33 PM

    Investor sentiment towards Windows 8 (MSFT) is "too negative," thinks Stifel's Brad Reback after trying out the much-debated (I, II, III) OS. Reback adds he believes Surface RT demand remains strong, judging by pre-orders and launch day Microsoft Store activity. Some are coming around to Microsoft's argument that Win. 8's tile-based UI can work well without a touchscreen, particularly when navigating with a keyboard. (upgrade sales)

    | Nov. 2, 2012, 2:33 PM | 5 Comments
  • Nov. 2, 2012, 11:48 AM

    Three out of every four smartphones shipped in Q3 were Android devices, estimates IDC, as the dominant international position of Google's (GOOG) OS allowed it to grow its share by 1750 bps Y/Y. The iPhone is believed to have made up 14.9% of shipments (up 110 bps Y/Y), and the BlackBerry just 4.3% (down 520 bps Y/Y). Symbian and Windows Phone are seen accounting for only 2.3% and 2% of shipments, respectively. (previous)

    | Nov. 2, 2012, 11:48 AM | 7 Comments
  • Nov. 2, 2012, 5:18 AM

    Speculation about a Microsoft (MSFT) smartphone continues to rumble, with the WSJ reporting that the company is working with Asian component suppliers to test a design, although it's not certain that the device will go into mass production. In an interview earlier this week, Steve Ballmer declined to comment on the issue.

    | Nov. 2, 2012, 5:18 AM | 6 Comments
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