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Oct 27, 2010

Sleepy in Seattle: Microsoft learns to mature

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Every July, Microsoft Corp invites a sizable Wall Street crowd to its leafy, low-rise campus outside Seattle. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer and his top managers take a half-day to explain where the world’s biggest software company is going, to a generally friendly audience.

This year things didn’t go quite according to plan.

Ballmer, CEO since 2000, talked excitedly of Windows 7, its new Bing search engine, new Phone software and the Xbox game system. But he was skimpy with details of how Microsoft would counter Apple’s hugely popular iPad, a question that has been vexing investors.

Oct 26, 2010

Microsoft profit seen higher, iPad looms

SEATTLE, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is
expected to report a big jump in earnings on Thursday, helped
by the newest versions of its lucrative Office software and the
blockbuster Halo game; but short- and long-term issues with its
core Windows franchise nag at investors.

The world’s largest software company has sold a
record-breaking 240 million Windows 7 operating system licenses
in the year since launch. But lower-than-expected personal
computer sales are restricting growth, and some worry that its
flagship product is under threat from Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) iPad
and a longer-term shift to mobile computing.

Oct 25, 2010

Departing Microsoft visionary sees “post-PC” world

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Ray Ozzie, Microsoft Corp’s departing software chief, has asked the company to move on from its roots as a computer-oriented company to imagine a ‘post-PC world’ that relies on wireless devices and the Internet to function.

The call from Ozzie, who announced his retirement from Microsoft last week, is meant to galvanize the company, which has fallen behind Apple Inc and Google Inc in the rapidly growing phone and tablet computer sector that many now see as key to the future.

Oct 18, 2010

Bill Gates’ successor at Microsoft to retire

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s software chief Ray Ozzie, who took over the role from Bill Gates and pushed the company firmly in the direction of the Internet, will take an entertainment job at the company and then retire.

The move signals a new phase in Microsoft’s move into cloud computing, which Ozzie championed, and a new focus on entertainment at the world’s largest software company, where it has lost ground to Apple Inc and Google Inc.

Oct 11, 2010

Microsoft new phones get favorable reaction

SEATTLE/NEW YORK, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s
(MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) last ditch attempt to make an impact on the
fast-growing market for multi-featured “smartphones” won
favorable early reviews on Monday, but success will hinge on
how well the phones are marketed against Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and
Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), analysts said.

The world’s largest software company is hoping that a
lineup of nine new phones, from handset makers Samsung
Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), LG Electronics Inc (066570.KS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz),
HTC Corp (2498.TW: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Dell Inc (DELL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), will propel it back
into the mobile market, which many see as the key to the future
of computing.

Oct 11, 2010

Microsoft launches new phones

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp unveiled a new line of phones running its Windows software on Monday, as it attempts to pull back market share from Apple Inc’s iPhone and Google Inc’s Android system in the fast-growing market for multi-featured “smartphones.”

The world’s largest software company is hoping that the new phones, from handset makers Samsung, LG, HTC and Dell Inc, will propel it back into the mobile market, which many see as the key to the future of computing.

Oct 11, 2010

Microsoft launches new phones, available Nov. 8

NEW YORK, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
unveiled a new line of phones running its Windows software on
Monday, as it attempts to pull back market share from Apple
Inc’s (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) iPhone and Google Inc’s (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Android system
in the fast-growing market for multi-featured “smartphones.”

The world’s largest software company is hoping that the new
phones, from handset makers Samsung (005930.KS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), LG
(066570.KS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), HTC (2498.TW: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Dell Inc (DELL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), will propel
it back into the mobile market, which many see as the key to
the future of computing.

Oct 11, 2010

Microsoft readies new phone launch with AT&T

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is set to unveil a new line of phones running its Windows software on Monday, as it attempts to pull back market share from Apple Inc’s iPhone and Google Inc’s Android system in the fast-growing market for multi-featured ‘smartphones’.

The world’s largest software company is hoping that the new phones, from handset makers such as Samsung, LG and HTC, will propel it back into the mobile market, which many see as the key to the future of computing.

Oct 7, 2010

Adobe shares jump on Microsoft buy report

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Adobe Systems Inc’s stock skyrocketed on Thursday after a media report stirred speculation it might become an acquisition target for Microsoft Corp.

The New York Times reported that Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer had met secretly with Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen at Adobe’s San Francisco offices “recently.”

Oct 7, 2010

Trial urged for U.S. soldier accused of Afghan murders

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A U.S. Army colonel has recommended the court-martial of the first of 12 American soldiers charged with murdering Afghan civilians for sport and other crimes, sources familiar with the case said on Thursday.

The investigating officer who presided over last week’s initial hearing in the case found sufficient evidence for Army Specialist Jeremy Morlock to stand trial on three counts of premeditated murder and other offenses for which he could face the death penalty, according to the sources.

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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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