Seeking Alpha

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)

  • Apr. 26, 2012, 2:22 PM
    Is Microsoft (MSFT) thinking of unloading Bing? A recent NYT report claims execs "sent out feelers" to Facebook (FB) last year to see if they'd be interested in buying the search engine. Mark Zuckerberg turned them down, stating Facebook was preoccupied with other matters. Microsoft's Online Services division, dominated by Bing, lost $479M in FQ3, as modest ad revenue growth and share gains failed to stop its bleeding. (also)
    | Apr. 26, 2012, 2:22 PM | Comment!
  • Apr. 11, 2012, 1:01 PM
    Does Microsoft (MSFT -0.3%) want a piece of Research In Motion (RIMM +0.8%)? That's the question a headline from Financial Post asks as rumors on a MSFT-RIMM deal recirculate. Though deteriorating Blackberry sales has soured Microsoft from pulling the trigger in the past, the two companies remain relatively cozy with integration of Bing and Microsoft's mapping tech on Blackberry devices.
    | Apr. 11, 2012, 1:01 PM | 5 Comments
  • Mar. 28, 2012, 1:38 PM
    Yahoo (YHOO), the tech soap opera that never ends (perhaps because so many "sources" are involved), is said to be weighing a long list of restructuring options at a meeting today. Among the options are the rumored sale of Yahoo's ad tech business, and (though regulators might not be thrilled) the abandoning of its turbulent search partnership with Microsoft (MSFT) in favor of a deal with Google (GOOG),
    | Mar. 28, 2012, 1:38 PM | 1 Comment
  • Mar. 26, 2012, 4:59 PM
    Yahoo (YHOO) has ended its efforts to keep documents related to Microsoft's (MSFT) $31/share 2008 bid sealed, shortly after Dan Loeb requested they be made public. The decision by Jerry Yang and Yahoo's board to turn down Microsoft's bid has been frequently blasted, and the documents could turn up an embarrassing detail or two that could bolster Loeb's proxy fight. (earlier)
    | Mar. 26, 2012, 4:59 PM | 3 Comments
  • Mar. 14, 2012, 11:30 AM
    Yahoo (YHOO) wants to minimize the impact of the huge layoffs that will soon arrive by selling much of its ad technology platform, reports Kara Swisher. She adds Yahoo has already approached MSFT, GOOG, and P-E firm Silver Lake about such a deal, which, in tandem with a subsequent outsourcing deal, would "turn a cost center into a revenue source." The report comes just a few months after Yahoo decided to buy ad tech firm Interclick.
    | Mar. 14, 2012, 11:30 AM | Comment!
  • Feb. 21, 2012, 12:32 PM
    Research In Motion (RIMM +1.1%) has rolled out a long-awaited software upgrade for the PlayBook, and (in spite of the PlayBook's meager sales) is also unveiling a splashy ad campaign to go with it. Meanwhile, rumors of new buyout interest (previously) from Microsoft (MSFT) are reportedly making the rounds, but RIM shares are only getting a slight lift this time.
    | Feb. 21, 2012, 12:32 PM | 1 Comment
  • Feb. 6, 2012, 8:39 AM
    TiVo (TIVO) +6% premarket on a Barron’s weekend report that says the provider of digital-video recorders could be targeted for acquisition by Microsoft (MSFT) or Google (GOOG). Software patent victories and advanced hardware also have made shares attractive again, the article says.
    | Feb. 6, 2012, 8:39 AM | Comment!
  • Jan. 6, 2012, 12:02 PM
    Even as it hitches its smartphone future to Windows Phone (MSFT), Nokia (NOK) is making it clear it still sees a place for less powerful software on the low end of its product line. The latest proof comes via its acquisition of software firm Smarterphone, whose OS provides smartphone-like capabilities to no-frills "feature phones." In October, Nokia acquired mobile Linux developer Meltemi,
    | Jan. 6, 2012, 12:02 PM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 22, 2011, 10:23 AM
    Following reports that RIM (RIMM) has been a takeover target of several companies, Globe & Mail writes that the reason a deal hasn't happened is because Microsoft (MSFT) and others were scared away by the “rapid deterioration” of the BlackBerry business. But the report notes that RIM is resistant to a takeover until it sees how the new QNX smartphones are received.
    | Dec. 22, 2011, 10:23 AM | 4 Comments
  • Dec. 1, 2011, 3:33 PM
    Research In Motion (RIMM +4.1%) is rallying on another round of buyout buzz. Caitlin Duffy notes options speculators are placing big bets on December calls - some of which expire tomorrow. Nomura's Rick Sherlund, however, is throwing cold water on the sometimes-discussed notion that Microsoft (MSFT) might be interested in RIM, and Eric Savitz is even more skeptical of such a tie-up occurring. (previously)
    | Dec. 1, 2011, 3:33 PM | Comment!
  • Nov. 30, 2011, 10:50 AM
    Yahoo (YHOO +1.5%) is underperforming after Bloomberg's report of a $16.60/share bid from Silver Lake and Microsoft (MSFT +2.6%) for a mere 10%-15% stake (and in convertible preferred securities, at that) fails to impress. Kara Swisher claims P-E firm TPG capital has offered $17.50/share for a minority stake, and other players are hanging around, but that bids north of $20/share are unlikely to arrive.
    | Nov. 30, 2011, 10:50 AM | Comment!
  • Nov. 30, 2011, 5:38 AM
    The consortium led by Silver Lake and Microsoft (MSFT) bid ~$16.60/share for a minority stake in Yahoo (YHOO), sources say, somewhat lower than an offer made by TPG Capital. Still debating whether to get off the sidelines: Alibaba Group, KKR (KKR), THL and Blackstone (BX). (previously)
    | Nov. 30, 2011, 5:38 AM | 2 Comments
  • Nov. 29, 2011, 1:43 PM
    More than 3 years after shooting down Microsoft's (MSFT) $33/share bid, Jerry Yang still appears bent on maintaining control of Yahoo (YHOO). In a story resembling an earlier report, a source claims Yang wants a deal in which Yahoo would issue new stock to PE firms friendly to him, and use the proceeds to buy back shares from the public. Yahoo is up 2.9% today on the latest round of investment/buyout buzz (I, II, III).
    | Nov. 29, 2011, 1:43 PM | 3 Comments
  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:06 AM
    A consortium led by P-E firm Silver Lake and Microsoft (MSFT) is reportedly submitting a plan to take up to a 20% stake in Yahoo (YHOO), and TPG Capital is also eyeing a minority stake. Yahoo's board is expected to meet this week, or possibly even today, to discuss options. (also: a partial LBO)
    | Nov. 29, 2011, 6:06 AM | Comment!
  • Nov. 23, 2011, 11:58 AM
    Yahoo (YHOO -0.1%) outperforms after it's learned Microsoft (MSFT) has joined the ranks of firms to have signed Yahoo's strict NDA, which it's requiring of would-be buyers interested in taking a closer look at the company. The big question: is Microsoft serious about making a bid (perhaps with a partner), or does it just want a peek at a competitor/partner's books? (yesterday)
    | Nov. 23, 2011, 11:58 AM | Comment!
  • Nov. 22, 2011, 10:26 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT) has acquired VideoSurf, a developer of technology for analyzing the content of video frames, for $70M. Microsoft says it plans to use VideoSurf's technology to "augment the Xbox 360 ecosystem," and to make it easier to search and discover entertainment content available on Xbox Live.
    | Nov. 22, 2011, 10:26 AM | Comment!
Visit Seeking Alpha's
MSFT vs. ETF Alternatives
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