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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.

Sep 14, 2011

Developers get early taste of Windows 8

ANAHEIM, California (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp handed out 5,000 sleek Samsung tablet computers running a test version of Windows 8 at its annual developer conference on Tuesday, hoping to stoke excitement over its new operating system.

The devices, powered by Intel Corp i5 chips, are the first chance for people outside Microsoft to play with Windows 8, the temporary code name for its next software system that includes features tailored for touchscreens and tablets. The company is betting the new system will stem the tide of consumers switching to Apple Inc’s iPad.

Sep 13, 2011

Microsoft giveaway aims to stir Windows 8 interest

, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp
(MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) handed out sleek new tablet computers with a test
version of Windows 8 at its annual developer conference, to
spark excitement over its new operating system.

The devices are the first chance for people outside
Microsoft to play with Windows 8, the temporary code name for
its next system that includes features tailored specifically
for touch screens and tablets. The company is betting the new
system will stem the tide of consumers switching to Apple Inc’s
(AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) iPad.

Sep 8, 2011

Microsoft lines up its big swing at tablets

SEATTLE, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Next week a high-ranking
Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) executive will stand on stage and show
off a new version of Windows on a tablet computer.

It won’t be the first time. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer
did it last year. Co-founder Bill Gates did it 10 years ago.

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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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