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  • Oct. 10, 2012, 11:30 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT) will finally launch versions of Office for iOS and Android starting in March 2013, a product manager confirms - past rumors indicated fall launches. The Windows versions of Office 2013 will be available to businesses in December, and consumers by the end of February. The absence of iOS/Android Office apps has allowed upstarts such as Google-acquired Quickoffice to fill the void. No word on whether the apps will be covered by Microsoft's hyped Office subscription plans. Update: Microsoft claims "the information shared by our Czech subsidiary is not accurate," but doesn't explain how.
    | Oct. 10, 2012, 11:30 AM | 6 Comments
  • Oct. 10, 2012, 10:57 AM
    "We will focus relentlessly on delivering delightful, seamless experiences across hardware, software and services," declares the oft-criticized Steve Ballmer in his annual letter to Microsoft (MSFT) shareholders. He also reiterates Microsoft's wish to "unify the cross-device user experience" between PCs, mobile devices, servers, and cloud services. Ballmer is clearly targeting Apple, but obtaining a similar level of developer support and keeping OEM partners happy won't be easy.
    | Oct. 10, 2012, 10:57 AM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 9, 2012, 4:37 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT) announces Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings has decided not to seek re-election to the company's board during Microsoft's November shareholder meeting. In addition to serving as Netflix's chairman, Hastings remains a board member for four other organizations, including Facebook. (PR)
    | Oct. 9, 2012, 4:37 PM | Comment!
  • Oct. 9, 2012, 11:19 AM
    VMware (VMW -4.7%) sells off after OTR Global claims Microsoft's (MSFT) new virtualization and management software products are hurting VMware's sales. The latest version of Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization platform, recently launched as a part of Windows Server 2012, has received favorable reviews, and so has an update to Microsoft's System Center management software. But the huge enterprise investments made in VMware's vSphere platform make it hard to dislodge.
    | Oct. 9, 2012, 11:19 AM | 5 Comments
  • Oct. 5, 2012, 10:51 AM
    Motorola Mobility (GOOG) didn't infringe on a Microsoft (MSFT) patent related to a technique for writing app code that that will run on multiple handsets, a German court rules. Microsoft, which is fighting to obtain favorable licensing terms rather than to wage "thermonuclear war" against Android, probably isn't sweating the ruling too much, since it has already won 3 injunctions against Motorola in Germany.
    | Oct. 5, 2012, 10:51 AM | 4 Comments
  • Oct. 4, 2012, 3:54 PM
    Microsoft's (MSFT) Surface tablets will go on sale on Oct. 26, at the same time as Windows 8. A "reception" has been scheduled for the night of Oct. 25 to mark the launch, but pricing remains a mystery for both the Nvidia-based Windows RT model and the Intel-based Windows 8 Pro model. (more)
    | Oct. 4, 2012, 3:54 PM | 3 Comments
  • Oct. 4, 2012, 1:40 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT) has acquired PhoneFactor, a provider of enterprise authentication services. Microsoft plans on integrating PhoneFactor's solutions, which act as an alternative to hardware-based security tokens, with its business apps and cloud services. Meanwhile, The Next Web reports Microsoft, currently getting ready to launch Xbox Music, is in talks to acquire online music service Rdio, which has been struggling to compete with Spotify.
    | Oct. 4, 2012, 1:40 PM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 4, 2012, 12:04 PM
    Digitimes joins the list of sites claiming Microsoft (MSFT) is eying the smartphone market: its sources report Mister Softee has tapped contract manufacturer Pegatron to make Window Phone 8 devices that will launch in 1H13. That doesn't sound too different from what BGR and a Chinese site reported earlier this week, though The Verge suggested Microsoft's smartphone plans hinge on Windows Phone 8's Q4 success.
    | Oct. 4, 2012, 12:04 PM | Comment!
  • Oct. 3, 2012, 4:13 PM
    Though Nokia's (NOK) Steven Elop says he's unaware of any Microsoft (MSFT) smartphone plans, The Verge is joining BGR in fanning the rumor mill. "Multiple insiders" claim Microsoft doesn't plan to announce a Surface smartphone this year, but likely views it as a "Plan B" if pending Windows Phone 8 launches (I, II) don't go well. When asked about the rumors, a Microsoft spokesperson responded with PR-speak about support for hardware partners.
    | Oct. 3, 2012, 4:13 PM | 15 Comments
  • Oct. 3, 2012, 12:47 PM
    "I would like to have done better," says Nokia (NOK +0.2%) CEO Stephen Elop regarding the company's early Windows Phone (MSFT) sales: he thinks WP 7.5 didn't give Nokia enough room to stand out, and believes its marketing needed to be more effective. But Elop won't second-guess his decision to back WP instead of Android, a move that's increasingly questioned as Nokia's total smartphone sales plunge. He also claims to have "no indications" Microsoft is working on a smartphone, in spite of rumors. (HQ sale) (also)
    | Oct. 3, 2012, 12:47 PM | 36 Comments
  • Oct. 2, 2012, 5:34 PM
    After surging for much of 2011, Google Chrome's (GOOG) PC browser share has edged lower in recent months, according to NetMarketShare's stats. If the numbers are accurate, Internet Explorer (MSFT) and Firefox's recent upgrades have halted Chrome's march. But StatCounter's figures suggest Chrome's gains are continuing, albeit at a slower pace. Chrome is instrumental to the profitability of Google's search ops, both because Google is its default search engine, and because it doesn't require traffic acquisition costs.
    | Oct. 2, 2012, 5:34 PM | Comment!
  • Oct. 2, 2012, 11:50 AM
    The Microsoft (MSFT) smartphone rumor refuses to go away. Though a company exec denied the rumor in June and suggested Microsoft won't compete with Windows Phone partners such as Nokia (NOK), BGR reports a "trusted source" indicates Redmond is working on a high-end smartphone, with a launch expected in the coming months. A Chinese site recently claimed Microsoft's phone will be sold under the Surface brand, and be available in 1H13.
    | Oct. 2, 2012, 11:50 AM | 29 Comments
  • Oct. 2, 2012, 11:15 AM
    Challenging Apple's high-end consumer notebook dominance isn't proving easy: IHS now expects only 10.3M ultrabooks to be sold this year, down from a prior forecast of 22M. The firm's 2013 forecast is lowered to 44M from 61M, and it's not hard to see a further revision if demand doesn't pick up. Intel (INTC) is hoping lower prices and the arrival of Windows 8 hardware will stoke demand. Weaker-than-expected ultrabook sales could be causing inventory problems for the chip giant.
    | Oct. 2, 2012, 11:15 AM | 8 Comments
  • Oct. 1, 2012, 6:48 PM
    Is this a sign of bottoming PC demand, or are the industry's inventory woes about to worsen? Digitimes reports Taiwanese contract manufacturers boosted their notebook shipments to top OEMs in September, as vendors increase supplies ahead of Windows 8's (MSFT) Oct. 26 launch - H-P (HPQ) saw a 70% M/M shipment increase, Asus 50%, and Acer 30%. Williams Financial is encouraged by the report, and says it's consistent with talks the firm has had with Taiwanese supply chain contacts. (Clover Trail delays)
    | Oct. 1, 2012, 6:48 PM | 3 Comments
  • Oct. 1, 2012, 4:46 PM
    Windows 8 Pro (MSFT) tablet development is being held up by Intel's (INTC) delayed delivery of power management software, Bloomberg reports. As a result, Microsoft hasn't yet approved any tablets running on Intel's Clover Trail Atom CPU, even though Intel just announced a long list of Clover Trail systems from top OEMs. Clover Trail is Intel's main alternative to the ARM-based processors that will run Windows RT systems. (Intel CEO remarks: I, II)
    | Oct. 1, 2012, 4:46 PM | Comment!
  • Oct. 1, 2012, 2:07 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT), which just unloaded its 50% stake in MSNBC, is creating a news operation to support a revamped, touchscreen-centric The news division will primarily aggregate news from third parties, says a Microsoft exec, but it will also produce some original material. Microsoft's move comes as its Online Services division continues posting big losses, and MSN, the default home page for Internet Explorer, sees its traffic pressured by IE's share losses.
    | Oct. 1, 2012, 2:07 PM | 18 Comments
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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