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Oct 2, 2012

Mobile computing wars pose tough choices for Internet publishers

SEATTLE (Reuters) – For Microsoft Corp, and Amazon.com, and the clutch of other companies that hope to carve out a big slice of a mobile computing business currently dominated by Apple Inc, the future depends on people like Scott Porad.

As chief technology officer of Cheezburger Network, a popular publisher of humor websites, Porad has to make the tough calls on which mobile devices merit the development of special software, or apps, that will make the company’s content shine.

Sep 18, 2012

Microsoft slows dividend growth

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp raised its dividend by 15 percent on Tuesday, marking a slowdown in the growth in payouts to investors after a year marked by a downturn in computer sales and a large write-off for a failed acquisition.

The world’s largest software company said it will start paying shareholders 23 cents per share each quarter from December, up from 20 cents. That is the seventh increase since it started paying a regular quarterly dividend in 2004, but is smaller than the 25 percent and 23 percent increases the two previous years.

Aug 1, 2012

Microsoft revamps Hotmail as social-friendly Outlook

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp unveiled a revamped, Facebook-friendly version of its free, online email service on Tuesday in an attempt to reverse market share losses to Google Inc’s fast-growing Gmail.

The world’s largest software company is renaming its Hotmail service Outlook, giving it a sharp new look, social network links and new features for handling the tide of junk and mass mail that swamps many users.

Jul 31, 2012

Microsoft relaunches Hotmail as social-friendly Outlook

SEATTLE, July 31 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp
unveiled a revamped, Facebook-friendly version of its free,
online email service on Tuesday in an attempt to reverse market
share losses to Google Inc’s fast-growing Gmail.

The world’s largest software company is renaming its Hotmail
service Outlook, giving it a sharp new look, social network
links, and new features for handling the tide of junk and mass
mail that swamps many users.

Jul 25, 2012

Boeing beats second-quarter profit estimates, raises forecast

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported a greater-than-expected 3 percent increase in second-quarter profit and raised its full-year earnings forecast on Wednesday as rising airplane deliveries and defense sales offset higher pension costs.

The planemaker and defense contractor is rapidly ramping up production to meet rising demand for new, fuel-efficient planes and is set to overtake rival Airbus (EAD.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in plane deliveries this year. At the same time, it is weathering cuts in U.S. defense spending.

Jul 25, 2012

Boeing beats 2nd-qtr profit estimates, raises forecast

SEATTLE, July 25 (Reuters) – Boeing Co reported a
greater-than-expected increase in second-quarter profit and
raised its full-year earnings forecast on Wednesday as rising
airplane deliveries offset higher pension costs.

The planemaker and defense contractor is rapidly ramping up
production to meet rising demand for new, fuel-efficient planes
and is set to overtake rival Airbus in plane deliveries
this year.

Jul 20, 2012

Microsoft posts quarterly loss but beats Wall Street

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp reported its first quarterly loss as a public company on Thursday as it took a previously announced hit for writing down the value of its ailing online unit, but held up better than expected in the face of stagnant computer sales.

Excluding the multibillion-dollar write-down, which was signaled earlier this month, and factoring in some deferred Windows revenue, the world’s largest software company actually exceeded Wall Street’s expectations, boosting its shares in after-market trading.

Jul 19, 2012

Microsoft posts quarterly loss, flat revenue

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp reported its first quarterly loss as a public company on Thursday as it took a previously announced hit for writing down the value of its ailing online unit and suffered stagnant sales of its flagship Windows operating system.

Excluding the multibillion-dollar write-down, which was signaled earlier this month, and factoring in some deferred Windows revenue, the world’s largest software company actually exceeded Wall Street’s expectations, boosting its shares slightly higher in post trade.

Jul 5, 2012

Microsoft stumbles into crucial financial year

SEATTLE (Reuters) – An ugly first week for Microsoft Corp’s new financial year, probably its most important to date, has done little to inspire confidence that the software giant can jumpstart a stubbornly stagnant share price.

The world’s largest software company, whose stock remains mired around $30, had prepared a multi-pronged assault to try and break into the crucial mobile computing space this year and take Apple Inc and Google Inc down a peg.

Jul 5, 2012

Boeing seeks big Farnborough orders under new boss

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) heads to the year’s biggest airs show under a new leader looking to make a hit with its latest single-aisle aircraft and undermine Airbus’ leadership of the global $100 billion a year airliner market.

The world’s No. 2 aircraft maker, which put top salesman Ray Conner in charge of its commercial plane unit only last week, will also be grilled by international customers on how it plans to replace its successful but aging 777 mini-jumbo and increase production across the board.

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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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