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Oct 28, 2011

Analysis: Microsoft works out how to play Skype

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Wall Street is warming up to Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) $8.5 billion purchase of online chat service Skype.

After initial shock at the price — more than double its expected public valuation — investors think Microsoft made a smart move buying advanced communications technology it can put into its products along with a ready base of users.

Oct 21, 2011

Feeble Windows holds back Microsoft profit

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s flagship operating system made only slight gains last quarter, largely due to business and emerging market spending, holding back profit growth for the world’s largest software company.

Sales of Windows, which still runs more than 90 percent of the world’s personal computers, edged up only 2 percent from the year-ago quarter, in line with limp PC sales across the board.

Oct 20, 2011

Feeble Windows holds back Microsoft profit, shares dip

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s flagship operating system made only slight gains last quarter, largely due to business and emerging market spending, holding back profit growth for the world’s largest software company.

Sales of Windows, which still runs more than 90 percent of the world’s personal computers, edged up only 2 percent from the year-ago quarter, in line with limp PC sales across the board.

Oct 20, 2011

Microsoft profit meets Street view, Windows weak

SEATTLE, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s quarterly
profit rose 6 percent, meeting Wall Street’s modest
expectations, helped by strong sales of its popular Office
applications package, but limited by only slight gains from its
flagship Windows operating system.

Windows sales edged up only 2 percent, in line with limp
personal computer sales last quarter, breaking the streak of
three straight quarters of declining sales, as compared to the
year before. But it fell short of some analysts’ hopes.

Oct 20, 2011

Soft PC sales likely to hold back Microsoft profit

SEATTLE, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp looks
set to report flat or lower demand for its flagship Windows
product on Thursday, a victim of limp personal computer sales,
casting a shadow over otherwise strong earnings in a troubled
global economy.

The world’s largest software maker generally meets or beats
Wall Street’s profit forecasts — as it has for the last nine
quarters — but investors tend to focus on Windows sales, which
have dropped for the last three quarters when compared to
year-ago figures.

Oct 14, 2011

Cloud spending helps techs as PC sales stagger

Oct 14 (Reuters) – Big U.S. Internet computing companies
should outshine their plainer PC cousins when earnings season
kicks off next week, as corporations and fast-growing Web
players dramatically accelerate their pace of hardware
spending.

Corporations are increasingly turning to new technology to
make themselves more productive in a downtrodden global
economy. Meanwhile, a social networking and e-commerce boom is
spurring massive outlays on the giant server factories that
power Internet computing.

Oct 13, 2011

Romney sharpens attack on China’s economic policies

SEATTLE, Oct 13 (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential
candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday threatened trade sanctions
against China if the world’s No. 2 economy does not halt what
he said was currency manipulation, unfair subsidies and rampant
intellectual property theft.

“On day one of my administration I would designate China as
a currency manipulator,” Romney told Microsoft Corp
employees at the software giant’s Redmond, Washington
headquarters, near Seattle.

Oct 3, 2011

Microsoft CEO bonus lags on phone, tablet results

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer failed to clinch his maximum bonus for the second year running due to the company’s slow progress in mobile phones and adapting to the tablet computer revolution.

Ballmer, 55, got a bonus of $682,500 for the latest fiscal year, matching his annual salary, according to a filing with securities regulators on Monday. Under his bonus scheme, he was eligible to receive between zero and double his salary.

Sep 27, 2011

Gleeful Boeing hands first 787 to Japan’s ANA

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) workers presented the company’s first 787 Dreamliner in the pouring rain to All Nippon Airways (9202.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Monday, capping nearly a decade of development of the world’s most advanced jetliner.

Around 500 Seattle workers flanked the gleaming, carbon-composite aircraft as it was slowly towed towards its Japanese buyers at a podium outside the planemaker’s mammoth Everett, Washington, production plant.

Sep 26, 2011

Boeing 787 celebration starts with hand delivery

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) workers hand-delivered — literally — the company’s first 787 Dreamliner in the pouring rain on Monday to All Nippon Airways (9202.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), capping nearly a decade of development of the world’s most advanced jetliner.

The 500 Seattle workers, with help from a mechanical tug, hauled the carbon-composite plane about 100 yards to its Japanese buyers at a podium outside the planemaker’s mammoth Everett, Washington, production plant.

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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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