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Feb 16, 2012
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Microsoft’s msnNOW targets hot news, gossip

Microsoft’s MSN portal, like Yahoo’s, is finding it tough to compete with Facebook and Twitter as people’s first port of call on the Internet.

The software giant is looking to grab back some buzz and appeal to younger users with a new service that delivers a snapshot at any minute of the day on news stories, people and topics that are most popular on the web.

Jan 20, 2012

Microsoft’s Windows battles slack PC sales

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s fiscal second-quarter profit fell very slightly as lagging computer sales to cash-strapped consumers in the United States and Europe hurt its core Windows business.

Companies and emerging markets are still hungry for new PCs, according to the latest data, but customers in mature markets are ditching their Windows-powered netbooks in favor of Apple Inc’s iPad, Amazon.com Inc’s Kindle or postponing a PC purchase until the economy improves.

Jan 19, 2012

Microsoft profit falls as PC sales shrink

SEATTLE, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) said on
Thursday fiscal second-quarter profit fell very slightly, as
lower computer sales hurt its core Windows business.

The world’s largest software company reported net profit of
$6.624 billion, or 78 cents per share, compared with $6.634
billion, or 77 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter.

Jan 16, 2012

Plodding PC sales weigh down Microsoft profit

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is starting the new year much as it did the one just ended – grappling with weak computer sales tearing a hole in its core Windows business, while it gropes its way slowly into the faster-growing mobile phone and tablet markets.

Shares of the world’s largest software company are pretty much where they were a year ago too, and few expect much to change after the latest results are announced on Thursday.

Jan 13, 2012

GPS dogtags and sacred kangaroos: hits and misses

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – This year’s Consumer Electronics Show turned out to be the largest on record, despite a slow economy and what many industry pundits agree is a dearth of genuine scene-stealers.

But as with most years, avid – and hardy – attendees can always find a few gems that stand out from the inevitable tidal wave of headphones, Internet-enabled home appliances and gadget casings.

Jan 13, 2012

GPS dogtags and sacred kangaroos: hits and misses at CES

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – This year’s Consumer Electronics Show turned out to be the largest on record, despite a slow economy and what many industry pundits agree is a dearth of genuine scene-stealers.

But as with most years, avid – and hardy – attendees can always find a few gems that stand out from the inevitable tidal wave of headphones, Internet-enabled home appliances and gadget casings.

Jan 12, 2012

GPS dogtags and glass PCs: the show’s hits and misses

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – This year’s Consumer Electronics Show turned out to be the largest on record, despite a slow economy and what many industry pundits agree is a dearth of genuine scene-stealers.

But as with most years, avid – and hardy – attendees can always find a few gems that stand out from the inevitable tidal wave of headphones, Internet-enabled home appliances and gadget casings.

Jan 12, 2012

ARM chief not impressed with Intel phone chips

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – The head of British chip designer Arm Holdings plc has shrugged off the latest attempt by Intel Corp to muscle its way into the expanding market for low-power processors used in smartphones and tablets, which ARM dominates.

“It’s inevitable Intel will get a few smartphone design wins — we regard Intel as a serious competitor,” said ARM CEO Warren East in an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. “Are they ever going to be the leaders in power efficiency? No, of course not. But they have a lot more to offer.”

Jan 6, 2012

World’s biggest tech show searching for “wow”

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – The world’s biggest technology trade show will feature razor-thin laptops, powerful new smartphones and fancy flat-screen TVs, but talk in the cavernous halls of the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicks off on Monday night, may focus on whether the show itself has a long-term future.

Apple Inc, which has set the agenda in consumer electronics for the past decade, does not even attend the show. Microsoft Corp, desperately trying to catch up, is making this show its last. It has been a few years since Las Vegas-based CES had the “wow” factor.

Dec 21, 2011
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Microsoft switches off CES

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Microsoft, one of the most visible superpowers at the Consumer Electronics Show, has decided its keynote and booth at the upcoming event in January will be its last.

The world’s largest software company, which has long tried to boost the profile of its consumer business, usually puts up a huge duplex on the floor to show off its games, phones and other gadgets running its products at the Las Vegas jamboree. CEO Steve Ballmer is a regular keynote speaker, as Bill Gates was before him.

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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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