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Jul 19, 2013

Exclusive: Microsoft in talks with ValueAct over board seat – sources

NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Members of Microsoft Corp’s board have held talks with ValueAct Capital Management LP in recent days over the activist shareholder’s demands to secure a seat on the company’s board, two sources close to the matter said.

ValueAct, which wants a say in the way the world’s largest software company is adapting to the new world of mobile computing, is seeking to nominate a person from its own organization, the sources said.

Jul 18, 2013

Microsoft profit misses as Surface tablets languish; shares drop

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp on Thursday reported lower-than-expected quarterly earnings as slow personal computer sales ate into its Windows business and the company took an unexpected $900 million charge for its inventory of unsold Surface tablets, sending its shares down 5 percent after hours.

The massive charge underlines the struggles of the world’s largest software company, which last week announced a deep reorganization to transform itself into a “devices and services” leader, but is struggling to make mobile devices as attractive as those by Apple Inc or Google Inc.

Jul 1, 2013

Microsoft entertainment head may leave to be Zynga CEO: report

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Games publisher Zynga Inc could replace its chief executive Mark Pincus with Microsoft Corp executive Don Mattrick, possibly as early as late Monday, according to a report by AllThingsD that sent Zynga shares down more than 10 percent.

Mattrick, who heads Microsoft’s critical Xbox business as the company’s president of interactive entertainment, could leave Microsoft to join Zynga, possibly as its CEO and is “working in close partnership with its founder and current CEO Mark Pincus,” according to AllThingsD, citing multiple unnamed sources.

Jun 26, 2013

Microsoft releases ‘refined’ Windows, revs up developers

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp released a test version of its Windows 8.1 software on Wednesday, bringing back the “start” button and adding a host of features it hopes will appeal to users, while spurring developers into writing more applications for it.

The updated Windows, which was signaled at the end of May, is aimed chiefly at soothing traditional computer users, many of whom were unsettled by Microsoft’s shift towards a new “tile”-based interface that works best on touch-enabled devices, but left fans of the old-style desktop confused.

Jun 24, 2013

Rivals Microsoft and Oracle team up on push into cloud

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE, June 24 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp
said on Monday it would support Oracle Corp
software on its cloud-based platforms, a tie-up aimed at
improving the rivals’ chances against nimbler Web-based
computing companies chipping away at their traditional
businesses.

The two industry leaders have competed for decades to sell
technology to the world’s largest companies. But they face
growing pressure from new rivals selling often-cheaper services
based in remote data centers, and they are rushing to adapt.

Jun 24, 2013

Microsoft and Oracle join forces against smaller rivals in cloud

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp and Oracle Corp on Monday announced a tie-up to give the once-fierce rivals a leg up against newer Web-based “cloud” computing companies chipping away at their traditional businesses.

The two industry leaders have competed for decades to sell technology to the world’s largest companies. But they face growing pressure from more nimble rivals selling often-cheaper services based in remote data centers and they are rushing to adapt.

Jun 18, 2013

Nvidia to license out graphics technology: CEO

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Nvidia Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang said he will license graphics technology to other companies, a new model for the chipmaker that could lead to new business with Apple, Samsung and other mobile device makers.

Huang told the Reuters Global Technology Summit in San Francisco on Tuesday that licensing graphics cores and visual patents would help Nvidia take more advantage of the booming market for smartphones and tablets and tap markets it could not reach through selling its own chips.

Jun 13, 2013

Microsoft to open Windows stores within Best Buy

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said it would open 500 special stores within existing Best Buy Co Inc stores in the United States selling exclusively Windows-based tablets and computers and other Microsoft products in an effort to revitalize sales of its flagship operating system.

The world’s largest software company, which already has a chain of 70 or so of its own Microsoft Stores and kiosks within shopping malls, said on Thursday the initiative would add more than 1,200 Best Buy Microsoft-trained sales associates to help customers.

Jun 11, 2013

U.S. tech firms push for government transparency on security

By Gerry Shih and Bill Rigby

(Reuters) – Three of the largest Internet companies called on the U.S. government to provide greater transparency on national security requests on Tuesday, as they sought to distance themselves from reports that portrayed the companies as willing partners in supplying mass data to security agencies.

In similarly worded statements released within hours on Tuesday, Google Inc, Microsoft Corp and Facebook Inc all asked the U.S. government for permission to make public the number and scope of data requests each receives from security agencies.

Jun 11, 2013

U.S. tech firms push for govt transparency on security

June 11 (Reuters) – Three of the largest Internet companies
called on the U.S. government to provide greater transparency on
national security requests on Tuesday, as they sought to
distance themselves from reports that portrayed the companies as
willing partners in supplying mass data to security agencies.

In similarly worded statements released within hours on
Tuesday, Google Inc, Microsoft Corp and
Facebook Inc all asked the U.S. government for permission
to make public the number and scope of data requests each
receives from security agencies.

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      "Bill Rigby is Reuters' chief correspondent in Seattle, reporting on Microsoft and Boeing and overseeing coverage of general news in Washington state, Oregon and Alaska. He has been a Reuters journalist since 1998, reporting on banks, insurers, stock markets, defense companies and airlines from Reuters bureaux in London, New York and Seattle."
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