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Apr 28, 2011

Microsoft profit expected to rise, stock may not

SEATTLE, April 28 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is
expected to report an 18 percent jump in quarterly profit on
Thursday, as its reliable Windows and Office franchises keep
growing.

But that may not be enough to rouse its shares from a
decade-long slumber or ease fears that its dominance of personal
computing is waning.

Apr 26, 2011

Microsoft wrestles slack PC sales and wilting stock

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft might be about to report its earnings grew more than 20 percent on climbing revenue but the results will fail to rouse the software company’s shares from a decade-long slumber or douse fears its dominance of personal computing is waning.

The second-largest U.S. technology company is expected to post on Thursday yet another solid gain in earnings and sales for its fiscal third quarter, as its stalwart Windows and Office franchises rumble on.

Apr 21, 2011

Weak dollar helps earnings, but little hiring yet

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A rapidly declining dollar is helping U.S. companies sell drugs, chemicals, food and other goods to buyers in other countries, but slow growth at home is holding back expansion and new hiring.

The U.S. dollar has fallen about 16 percent against a range of currencies over the past year .DXY and hit a three-year low on Thursday, weakened by low interest rates and worries about a credit rating downgrade.

Apr 19, 2011

VMware beats forecasts, shares jump

SEATTLE (Reuters) – VMware Inc (VMW.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) beat Wall Street earnings estimates for the first quarter and indicated its margins would expand this year, as it landed some big new clients using its software for ‘cloud computing’, or online access to data and computing power.

VMware’s stock jumped 11 percent after hours, while others in the sector such as Salesforce.com Inc (CRM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Citrix Systems Inc (CTXS.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), also rose.

Apr 19, 2011

Japan supply-chain woes rattle earnings

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Japan’s earthquake and tsunami last month are still rocking a wide range of companies worldwide suffering from shortages of crucial electronics.

Motorcycle builder Harley-Davidson Inc (HOG.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) dropped the low end of its shipments forecast on Tuesday because of problems getting hold of radio components. Revenue from phone handset maker Sony Ericsson (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (ERICb.ST: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) missed forecasts because of difficulties with displays, batteries and other parts.

Apr 11, 2011

Microsoft launches new assault on business apps

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is making its strongest push yet into the steadily growing business software market in the hope that it can create another multibillion-dollar business.

The world’s biggest software company, which still gets the majority of its sales from its Windows and Office franchises, is hoping it can wrestle market share from heavyweights SAP AG and Oracle Corp, and upstart online vendor Salesforce.com Inc.

Apr 1, 2011

Malicious attack hits a million Web pages

SEATTLE (Reuters) – More than one million website pages have been hit by a sophisticated hacking attack that injects code into sites that redirect users to a fraudulent software sales operation.

The so-called “mass-injection” attack, which experts say is the largest of its kind ever seen, has managed to insert malicious code into websites by gaining access to the servers running the databases behind the Internet, according to the technology security company that discovered it.

Apr 1, 2011

Malicious attack hits a million Web pages

SEATTLE (Reuters) – More than one million website pages have been hit by a sophisticated hacking attack that injects code into sites that redirect users to a fraudulent software sales operation.

The so-called “mass-injection” attack, which experts say is the largest of its kind ever seen, has managed to insert malicious code into websites by gaining access to the servers running the databases behind the Internet, according to the technology security company that discovered it.

Mar 31, 2011

Microsoft files EU competition complaint vs Google

SEATTLE/BRUSSELS, March 31 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp
(MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) stepped up its rivalry with Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz),
claiming in its first-ever complaint to antitrust regulators
that Google systematically thwarts Internet search
competition.

The formal complaint to European Commission regulators
marks a role change for Microsoft, itself the target of
antitrust action for two decades in the United States and
Europe.

Mar 31, 2011

Microsoft files EU competition complaint against Google

SEATTLE/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp stepped up its rivalry with Google Inc with a formal complaint to EU antitrust regulators, claiming Google systematically thwarts Internet search competition.

It is the first time Microsoft — itself the target of anticompetition action in the United States and Europe — has filed a complaint with regulators over competition issues.

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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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