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Oct 24, 2012

Tech focus now on Microsoft Windows 8, Surface tablet

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Firm sales numbers for Microsoft Corp’s Windows 8 and its new Surface tablet will not be available for three months, but it may be clear long before then if it has a hit on its hands.

“We can definitely gauge it by chatter,” said Emily Chan, an analyst at Bernstein Research. “There is a slight learning curve, so I don’t think we will see that big pop that iPad saw.”

Oct 22, 2012

Most companies won’t be early adopters of Windows 8

SEATTLE (Reuters) – There was once a time when the launch of a new Windows operating system was a huge deal for the technology departments in many businesses. Not anymore. Microsoft Corp’s release of Windows 8 on Friday is likely to be a non-event for most companies — and some experts say many may never adopt it.

The system may appear to offer something for everyone: touch-screen functionality for tablet enthusiasts, a slick new interface for the younger set, and multiple versions to make it compatible with traditional desktop PC software.

Oct 22, 2012

Analysis: Most companies won’t be early adopters of Windows 8

SEATTLE (Reuters) – There was once a time when the launch of a new Windows operating system was a huge deal for the technology departments in many businesses. Not anymore. Microsoft Corp’s release of Windows 8 on Friday is likely to be a non-event for most companies — and some experts say many may never adopt it.

The system may appear to offer something for everyone: touch-screen functionality for tablet enthusiasts, a slick new interface for the younger set, and multiple versions to make it compatible with traditional desktop PC software.

Oct 19, 2012

Microsoft profit slips as PCs fizzle; Windows 8 awaited

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s quarterly profit fell a greater-than-expected 22 percent, as sales of computers running its Windows operating system dipped and some revenue was deferred ahead of upcoming releases of its core Windows and Office products.

The sharp decline surprised investors, who had underestimated the effect of weak personal computer sales, sending Microsoft’s shares down 1.3 percent in after-hours trading.

Oct 18, 2012

Microsoft profit slips more than expected as PCs fizzle

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s quarterly profit fell a greater-than-expected 22 percent, as sales of computers running its Windows operating system dipped and some revenue was deferred ahead of upcoming releases of its core Windows and Office products.

The sharp decline surprised investors, who had underestimated the effect of weak personal computer sales, sending Microsoft’s shares down more than 2 percent in after-hours trading.

Oct 10, 2012

Microsoft CEO sees company becoming more like Apple

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has signaled a new direction for the world’s largest software company, pointing to hardware and online services as its future, taking a page from long-time rival Apple Inc.

Ballmer’s comments in his annual letter to shareholders published on Tuesday suggested that Microsoft may eventually make its own phones to build on its forthcoming own-brand Surface tablet PC and market-leading Xbox gaming console.

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.

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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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