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Nov 28, 2012

Microsoft CEO defends its innovation record, financial results

BELLEVUE, Washington (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer defended his company’s record on innovation and financial performance at the annual shareholders’ meeting, but conceded that he should have moved faster to get into the booming tablet market dominated by Apple Inc’s iPad.

Bill Gates, co-founder and now chairman of the world’s largest software company, was one of the first to champion tablet-sized devices more than 10 years ago, but Microsoft failed to come up with a product that worked as well as the iPad. Gates was silent throughout the meeting, attended by about 450 shareholders.

Nov 27, 2012

Microsoft sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses in month: executive

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses in the month since the launch, according to one of the new co-heads of the Windows unit, setting a faster pace than Windows 7 three years ago.

The sales number represents a solid but unspectacular start for the touch-friendly operating system designed to combat Apple Inc’s and Google Inc’s domination of mobile computing, which has shunted aside PCs in favor of iPads and smartphones.

Nov 27, 2012

Microsoft sold 40 mln Windows 8 licenses in month -exec

SEATTLE, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp has sold
40 million Windows 8 licenses in the month since the launch,
according to one of the new co-heads of the Windows unit,
setting a faster pace than Windows 7 three years ago.

The sales number represents a solid but unspectacular start
for the touch-friendly operating system designed to combat Apple
Inc’s and Google Inc’s domination of mobile
computing, which has shunted aside PCs in favor of iPads and
smartphones.

Nov 16, 2012

New Microsoft mantra after Sinofsky: Teamwork

SEATTLE/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The sudden departure of powerful Windows boss Steven Sinofsky this week is the first step in a plan by CEO Steve Ballmer to remodel Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) as a much more integrated operation in an attempt to take on Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) at their own game.

After nearly 13 years at the helm of the world’s largest software maker, which just launched its first own-brand computer, sources inside the company say Sinofsky’s departure signals Ballmer’s new-found focus on co-operation between its self-sufficient – and sometimes warring – units.

Nov 16, 2012

Analysis: New Microsoft mantra after Sinofsky – Teamwork

SEATTLE/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The sudden departure of powerful Windows boss Steven Sinofsky this week is the first step in a plan by CEO Steve Ballmer to remodel Microsoft Corp as a much more integrated operation in an attempt to take on Apple Inc and Google Inc at their own game.

After nearly 13 years at the helm of the world’s largest software maker, which just launched its first own-brand computer, sources inside the company say Sinofsky’s departure signals Ballmer’s new-found focus on co-operation between its self-sufficient – and sometimes warring – units.

Nov 14, 2012

Microsoft and Google financials could surface at trial

By Bill Rigby and Dan Levine

(Reuters) – Microsoft and Google’s Motorola Mobility unit squared off on Tuesday at a trial with strategic implications for the smartphone patent wars and which could reveal financial information the two companies usually keep under wraps.

The proceeding in a Seattle federal court will determine how much of a royalty Microsoft Corp should pay Google Inc for a license to some of Motorola’s patents. Google bought Motorola for $12.5 billion, partly for its library of communications patents.

Nov 13, 2012

Microsoft and Google financials could surface at Seattle trial

By Bill Rigby and Dan Levine

(Reuters) – Microsoft and Google’s Motorola Mobility unit are set to square off on Tuesday at a trial with strategic implications for the smartphone patent wars and which could reveal financial information the two companies usually keep under wraps.

The proceeding in a Seattle federal court will determine how much of a royalty Microsoft Corp should pay Google Inc for a license to some of Motorola’s patents. Google bought Motorola for $12.5 billion, partly for its library of communications patents.

Nov 13, 2012

Microsoft’s Windows unit head, possible CEO, exits

SEATTLE (Reuters) – The executive most widely tipped to be the next chief executive of Microsoft Corp has left the world’s largest software company, barely two weeks after launching the flagship Windows 8 and Microsoft’s first ever own-brand computer.

The departure of 23-year company veteran Steven Sinofsky, head of Microsoft’s Windows unit, was unexpected and neither Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer nor Sinofsky gave an explanation, although a senior executive at the company, who asked not to be named, said the decision was “mutual”.

Nov 11, 2012

U.S. investigator in Afghan rampage case suggests gunman not alone

TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) – The wife of an Afghan villager killed in a rampage blamed on a decorated U.S. officer told an Army investigator that more than one soldier was present when her husband was shot dead at their home in March, the investigator testified on Saturday.

Military prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accusing him of killing 16 villagers, mostly women and children, when he ventured out of his remote camp on two revenge-fueled forays over a five-hour period in March.

Nov 10, 2012

Afghan victims say only one U.S. soldier attacked

TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) – An Afghan villager and two of his sons, who survived a night-time shooting rampage in March, testified on Saturday that they saw only one U.S. soldier attacking their compound, backing the U.S. government’s account.

Military prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accusing him of killing 16 villagers, mostly women and children, when he ventured out of his remote camp on two revenge-fueled forays over a five-hour period in March.

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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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