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  • Sep. 5, 2012, 10:38 AM
    Nokia (NOK -8.1%) dives as it unveils the Lumia 920 at an NYC event. As expected, the Windows Phone 8-based 920 has a 4.5" display, supports wireless charging, and (perhaps critically) contains a PureView camera less impressive than the one in the Symbian-based 808. Also included is an augmented reality app called City Lens. Will this be enough for Nokia to gain significant ground against the iPhone 5 and Samsung's high-end lineup? (live blog)
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  • Aug. 29, 2012, 10:45 AM
    Nokia (NOK -5.9%) is selling off again today. A less-than-flattering WSJ article about the early U.S. uptake seen by Windows Phone (MSFT) could be playing a role. An AT&T reseller claimed the Lumia 900 only made up 2% of its sales, even though profits on 900 sales are higher than for the iPhone or Galaxy S III, and a T-Mobile reseller claimed WP devices made up just 3% of its sales. The column also notes developer reluctance to write for WP in the absence of a large user base. (yesterday)
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  • Aug. 27, 2012, 7:35 AM
    Investors continue to bid up Apple following its big court victory over Samsung. AAPL +2.4% to a record $679 premarket. GOOG -1.4%, MSFT +1%, NOK +11.7%.
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  • Aug. 23, 2012, 9:54 AM
    Dell (DELL -2.3%) is making new multi-year lows in response to HP's FQ3 report, adding to the bludgeoning the company saw yesterday due to its own earnings report. Other PC-related names are also lower: INTC -1.7%. MSFT -1.3%. AMD -2.2%.  The consumer and enterprise receptions to Windows 8, which has received very mixed (I, II) initial reviews, are now more important than ever.
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  • Jul. 17, 2012, 11:10 AM
    VMware (VMW -4.5%) tanks on a report Paul Maritz, who has overseen the company's emergence as an IT giant, will be replaced by EMC's (EMC -1.3%) Pat Gelsinger. Ahead of the scoop, GigaOm noted VMware has seen many execs depart. One theory: EMC is upset VMware has lost ground in virtualization to Microsoft (MSFT) and others as the company pays more attention to complementary software. But The Register's sources think the move is all about growing the other businesses. (cloud spinoff)
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  • Jul. 12, 2012, 1:32 PM
    PC-related names underperform a bit following weak Q2 data from Gartner and IDC. MSFT -1.6%. INTC -1.8%. DELL -1.4%. HPQ -1.8%. NVDA -1.5%. Dell and H-P's share losses are raising eyebrows: the companies are struggling to deal with competition from Apple, and from a slew of Asian manufacturers (headlined by Lenovo) competing aggressively on price. Intel has seen several estimate cuts in recent weeks, and Microsoft received one from Morgan Stanley yesterday.
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  • Jul. 9, 2012, 4:41 PM
    AMD -5.7% AH after warning it expects Q2 revenue to fall 11% Q/Q, well below a guidance range of +/- 3%. AMD blames weaker-than-expected distributor sales in China and Europe, and the impact of poor consumer spending on sales to OEMs. Archrival Intel (INTC) has already seen a raft of estimate cuts, and downbeat commentary about PC demand has been easy to find.
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  • Jun. 28, 2012, 9:25 AM
    Seagate (STX) -5.4% and Western Digital (WDC) -3.7% following downgrades to Hold from ThinkEquity. The firm says checks indicate emerging markets PC demand is weakening, and what's bad from the PC market is bad for the hard drive market. While commentary about soft U.S./Euro PC demand has been widespread, an emerging markets slowdown seems to be a wrinkle the market hasn't yet priced in.
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  • Jun. 26, 2012, 4:12 PM
    Glu Mobile (GLUU +5.2%) closed with a healthy gain thanks to a new round of M&A chatter. The latest rumors appear to involve Microsoft (MSFT). Zynga (ZNGA) has been named as a prospective suitor for the mobile game developer in prior speculation.
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  • Jun. 26, 2012, 10:07 AM
    Jive Software (JIVE +4.1%) CEO Tony Zingale boasts he has been receiving calls from customers of rival Yammer who are worried about its sale to Microsoft (MSFT). However, he admits the deal could cause prospective Jive customers to hold off on buying, as they wait to see how Microsoft integrates Yammer with SharePoint. Separately, Capstone predicts LinkedIn (LNKD +1.9%) will offer its own private social networking platform, and notes the company is testing a solution internally.
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  • Jun. 25, 2012, 11:46 AM
    Nokia (NOK -9.7%) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU -7.5%) are off sharply, as investors fret Europe's debt crisis will prevent the cash-burning companies from raising fresh capital. Nokia is now at levels last seen in 1996, and speculation is growing newly-minted tablet seller Microsoft (MSFT) will consider buying its Windows Phone partner. Nonetheless, a Microsoft exec asserts his company has no interest in making its own phones, shooting down prior speculation.
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  • Jun. 19, 2012, 10:27 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT +3.5%) jumps following the introduction of Surface (I, II), as hopes grow that Windows 8 will emerge as a legit rival to the iPad (AAPL). Analysts are praising Surface - S&P is upgrading Microsoft to Strong Buy - but also note the tablet's potential to create tension with Windows OEMs; Dell (DELL -1.5%) is notably selling off today. Aware of this issue, Microsoft suggests Surface will be priced on par with other Windows 8 tablets, and, for now at least, only plans to sell it online and at Microsoft Stores.
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  • Jun. 19, 2012, 9:51 AM
    Nvidia (NVDA +4.1%) rallies after the company discloses the ARM-based version of Microsoft Surface will run on a Tegra app processor (the specific Tegra chip remains a mystery). Google's (GOOG) upcoming Nexus tablet, which really has its work cut out for it now, is expected to use a Tegra 3 processor. Microsoft's (MSFT) decision to go with Nvidia is a minor disappointment for Qualcomm (QCOM), which announced a Windows 8 partnership with Microsoft at CES.
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  • Jun. 14, 2012, 9:46 AM
    Jive Software (JIVE +9.2%) jumps following reports Microsoft (MSFT -0.7%) is in talks to buy Jive rival Yammer, potentially for $1B+. AllThingsD's Arik Hesseldahl suggests Yammer's lack of IPO preparation (unlike Jive) and challenges in getting users to pay make a Microsoft deal logical. ZDNet's Eileen Brown notes Yammer is used by 85% of the Fortune 500, and could bolster Microsoft's efforts to add cloud and social networking features to its Dynamics business apps.
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  • Jun. 8, 2012, 2:49 PM
    Strength in OCZ Tech (OCZ +10.2%) is attributed to a report suggesting the computer hardware manufacturer has won Microsoft's (MSFT) Azure business. Among various features added to Azure, sources say new "storage hardware" is thought to include OCZ solid state drives.
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  • May. 23, 2012, 10:28 AM
    For whom the Dell tolls: As the IT giant's FQ1 miss and commentary lead to a tech selloff, PC-related names get hit harder than most, no doubt thanks to the 10% drop seen in Dell's (DELL -15.8%) notebook sales. Rival H-P (HPQ -4.4%), due to report this afternoon, is among the biggest losers. Also selling off: INTC -3.1%. MSFT -3.2%. AMD -3.1%. LOGI -3.3%. (more on DELL)
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Company Description
Microsoft Corp is engaged in designing, manufacturing, selling devices, and online advertising to a global customer audience. Its products include operating systems for computing devices, servers, phones, and other intelligent devices.
Sector: Technology
Country: United States