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Microsoft’s 3Q Beats Street, Company Announces Smaller Tablets

April 19, 2013 10:02 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The fervor over the PC market going down in flames and how that will affect PC giant Microsoft can settle a bit after the company’s third quarter 2013 beat analyst estimates. The company posted revenue of $20.5 billion on $0.72 EPS, marking an 18 and 20 percent increase annually, respectively. That’s compared to analyst expectations of $20.1 billion on $0.68 EPS.

PC Shipments Drop 14 Percent Annually as Consumers Prefer Tablets, Smartphones

April 11, 2013 9:23 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Consumer preference for tablets and smartphones sent first quarter global PC shipments down 14 percent to 76.3 million units, according to new numbers from IDC. IDC said the extent of the annual contraction marked the worst quarter since IDC began tracking the PC market quarterly in 1994...

Ericsson Acquires Microsoft's Mediaroom Business

April 8, 2013 10:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ericsson today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Microsoft's Mediaroom business. The business will give Ericsson a boost in providing IPTV and multi-screen solutions. Closing companies expect the deal to close during the second half of 2013...


Microsoft Ending Support for Windows Phone 7.8 and 8 in 2014

March 18, 2013 10:10 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Microsoft has set dates in 2014 for the end of mainstream support for both Windows Phone 7.8 and 8. The company will cease support for 7.8 on Sept. 9 and for 8 on July 8. Both of the end dates are based on 18-month life cycles for the products.

Dell in $24.4B Founder-Led Deal To Go Private

February 5, 2013 10:57 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Slumping personal computer maker Dell is bowing out of the stock market in a $24.4 billion buyout that represents the largest deal of its kind since the Great Recession dried up the financing for such risky maneuvers. The complex agreement announced Tuesday will allow Dell Inc.'s management...

Microsoft and Huawei Launch Phone for Africa

February 5, 2013 9:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese phone maker Huawei and Microsoft are combining forces to sell a new smartphone in Africa, which they say is the world's fastest growing mobile phone market. The two companies launched the Huawei 4Afrika Tuesday. The phone runs Windows Phone 8...

Microsoft's 2Q 2013 Hits $21.5B in Revenue, $6.38B Profit

January 25, 2013 10:58 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Microsoft reported $21.5 billion in revenue for its second quarter 2013, with a net income of $6.38 billion on $0.76 EPS. The revenue marks a three percent jump annually while both income and Earnings Per Share (EPS) dropped annually three percent. Both revenue and EPS fell just less than analyst estimates.

Reports: Microsoft May Invest in Dell Buyout

January 23, 2013 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft has joined the negotiations to buy struggling computer maker Dell, according to media reports. Both CNBC and The Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft Corp. may invest some of the money needed to take Dell Inc. private after 25 years as a publicly traded company...


Microsoft May Have Exited Gadget Show Prematurely

January 14, 2013 10:58 am | by Michael Liedtke, Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Microsoft may have relinquished its starring role in America's gaudiest gadget show a year too early. After 13 straight years in the spotlight, Microsoft's decision to scale back its presence at this week's International CES deprived the software maker of a prime opportunity...

Microsoft Increases Surface Tablet Production

December 12, 2012 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Surface is the first tablet Microsoft Corp. is selling under its own brand, and the company is promoting it heavily after its late-October launch. But reviews have been mixed, and there have been few signs that the tablet is flying off the shelves. So far, Microsoft has been selling it online and through its own stores.

Nokia Bets on Camera, Navigation with Windows 8 Lumia 920

September 5, 2012 7:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Nokia today unveiled its latest flagship phone, the Lumia 920 with PureView image sensor.

Microsoft’s Surface Only Half the Battle

June 19, 2012 7:35 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft yesterday unveiled the Surface, a new Windows-based 10-inch tablet aimed directly at consumers.

Microsoft 2Q Beats Street Despite Soft PC Market

January 20, 2012 6:54 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. battled through a weak PC market to post flat earnings in the final quarter of 2011...


LG Paying Microsoft Patent License Fees for Chrome, Android Devices

January 13, 2012 6:59 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The systemic weaknesses in Google's patents on its Android operating system has forced another handset manufacturer into a licensing agreement...

Ballmer, Microsoft Keynote A Farewell to CES

January 10, 2012 7:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer on Monday evening delivered his company's final keynote at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Microsoft Launches Xbox App for iOS

December 8, 2011 6:57 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft yesterday launched Xbox Live apps for both Windows Phone 7 (WP7) and Apple's iPhone.

Microsoft Pledges Windows Developers Generosity

December 8, 2011 6:55 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. is stepping up its competition with Apple and plans to give developers who write software for Windows computers and devices a greater share of revenue...

Report: 40,000 Apps for Windows Phone

November 21, 2011 7:05 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

There are now more than 40,000 apps on Windows Phone Marketplace, according to a report released last week...

Compal Taps Microsoft for Patent Protection

October 24, 2011 8:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Compal today announced that it has signed a patent agreement with Microsoft that provides coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Compal's tablets...

Microsoft's Fiscal 1Q Earnings Hit Analyst Target

October 21, 2011 8:44 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft's Windows franchise regained some of its vigor during the company's latest quarter, but that might not be enough to overcome the perception that the world's largest software maker is being outmaneuvered by nimble rivals whose fortunes aren't tied to the personal computer.

Google + Motorola = Microsoft?

September 20, 2011 1:09 pm | by Eric Setton, Tango | Articles | Comments

Motorola's arsenal of patents warranted the $12.5 billion price tag, and Google is following in the footsteps of iconic phone makers such as Apple and RIM that have both software and hardware integration.

Google Android Offensive Continues with Volley at Microsoft

August 5, 2011 8:25 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Google's irate missive against Apple and Microsoft yesterday was met with a quick reply from Microsoft...

Microsoft 4Q Profit Climbs, Windows Revenue Dips

July 22, 2011 7:58 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. reported record fourth-quarter revenue Thursday, helped by strong sales of its Office software suite.

Microsoft Office 365 Makes Wireless Connection

June 28, 2011 1:42 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

In Microsoft's global launch of Microsoft Office 365, which the company posits as a game changer, wireless is very much a player...

Microsoft, General Dynamics Itronix Reach Patent Agreement

June 28, 2011 8:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft yesterday announced that it had reached an agreement with General Dynamics...

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