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May 18, 2011

Death of PC exaggerated, sales look OK

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Talk of the death of the desktop personal computer is premature, and the ‘post-PC’ era is not here just yet, according to industry executives at Reuters Global Technology Summit.

Sales of PCs this year may not match growth rates for smartphones and tablets, but key manufacturers believe businesses and emerging markets will keep the PC at the center of the computing experience, at least for the next few years.

May 13, 2011

Mobile generation upends tech

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) unexpected move to buy online phone service Skype for $8.5 billion this week is a stark illustration of the forces reshaping the technology industry.

Stalwarts such as Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), vanguards of tech a few decades ago, are now supplanted by a generation of hot start-ups.

May 13, 2011

Reuters Summit-PREVIEW-Mobile generation upends tech

NEW YORK, May 13 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
unexpected move to buy online phone service Skype for $8.5
billion this week is a stark illustration of the forces
reshaping the technology industry.

Stalwarts such as Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz),
vanguards of tech a few decades ago, are now supplanted by a
generation of hot start-ups
.

May 11, 2011

Investors slam Microsoft’s Skype deal

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) move to buy money-losing Internet phone service Skype for $8.5 billion (5.2 billion pounds) was immediately skewered by critics and investors, who questioned the logic of the deal and suggested the software giant is paying far too much.

The price is about double the expected value of Skype if it had gone ahead with its planned initial public offering, leaving investors puzzled over how Microsoft will make the deal pay for itself.

May 10, 2011

Analysis: Investors slam Microsoft’s Skype deal

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s move to buy money-losing Internet phone service Skype for $8.5 billion was immediately skewered by critics and investors, who questioned the logic of the deal and suggested the software giant is paying far too much.

The price is about double the expected value of Skype if it had gone ahead with its planned initial public offering, leaving investors puzzled over how Microsoft will make the deal pay for itself.

May 10, 2011

Microsoft to buy Skype for pricey $8.5 bln

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plans to buy Internet phone service Skype for $8.5 billion in its biggest-ever acquisition, placing a rich bet on mobile and the Internet to try to best rivals such as Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

In a deal that took about a month from offer to signing, the software company outbid Google and Facebook, which sources said offered to partner or buy Skype for $3 billion to $4 billion. They planned to use the provider of Internet telephone services to keep users glued to their online communities.

May 10, 2011

Microsoft inks $8.5 billion Skype buy in Web shift

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp plans to buy Internet phone service Skype for $8.5 billion, a rich price as it seeks to regain ground on growing rivals such as Google Inc.

Microsoft’s interest in the money-losing but popular service highlights a need to gain new customers for its Windows and Office software. Skype has 145 million users on average each month and has gained favor among small business users.

Apr 29, 2011

Microsoft Windows sales slip, shares drift lower

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp reported a dip in quarterly sales of its core Windows operating system, mirroring a recent downturn in personal computers and sending its shares down slightly.

The world’s largest software company met Wall Street profit estimates after strong sales of its Office suite of applications and Xbox game systems took up the slack.

Apr 28, 2011

Microsoft Windows sales slip, shares down

SEATTLE, April 28 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
reported a dip in quarterly sales of its core Windows operating
system, mirroring a recent downturn in personal computers and
sending its shares down slightly.

The world’s largest software company met Wall Street profit
estimates, as strong sales of its Office suite of applications
and game systems took up the slack.

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.

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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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