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Buy, Sell or Hold: Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Is Winning the Race for Cloud-Computing Dominance

Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) reported a strong quarter at the end of October on the back of resurgent demand in the PC market. But the key issue to watch is the important transition in the company’s major technologies.

Microsoft just launched its very successful Windows 7 operating system, which has produced a major new upgrade cycle in the industry. In England, for example, Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) had more success selling Windows 7 packages than it did Harry Potter books.  Windows 7 has major advantages over Vista, including speed, simplicity and booting time.  This is prompting Vista users, as well as those who skipped Vista, to upgrade.

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Microsoft Releases Windows 7, Opens First Retail Store

As Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) released its much-talked about Windows 7 operating system, the software giant quietly opened its first retail store in Scottsdale, Arizona. It's no coincidence that the store's opening coincided with the launch of Windows 7, but the true goal of the Microsoft Store is to put the Microsoft brand back into […]

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With our investment news briefs, Money Morning provides investors with a quick overview of the most important investing news stories from all around the world. Yum Beats Estimates, Raises Forecast; Exxon Considering $4 Billion African Oilfield Stake; Phone Manufacturers Targeting iPhone; Worldwide Mobile Subscriptions To Hit 4.6 Billion; Costco Profit Down, Family Dollar's Up; ING […]

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Investment News Briefs

With our investment news briefs, Money Morning provides investors with a quick overview of the most important investing news stories from all around the world. Australia Blocks Another China Majority Stake; Avtovaz Cutting 27,600 Jobs; WSJ: Citigroup Focusing on Six Metros; Experimental HIV Vaccine Raising Eyebrows; Nintendo Knocks $50 Off Wii; SEC Charging Insider Trading […]

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Microsoft, Yahoo May Finally Come to Terms

By Bob Blandeburgo Associated Editor Money Morning While its attempt to take over Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) failed last year, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) is reportedly back in talks with the search engine company and a deal could be announced later this week.  Executives from the Redmond, Wash. Microsoft traveled to Silicon Valley late last […]

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Microsoft, Intel to Cut up to 11,000 Jobs

By Mike Caggeso Associate Editor Money Morning Microsft Corp. (MSFT) and Intel Corp. (INTC) yesterday (Thursday) announced they will cut up to 11,000 jobs and could no longer give quarterly forecasts with global economic uncertainly, after the two tech giants announced declines in the final three months of 2008. Microsoft posted a profit of $4.17 […]

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Microsoft Turns to Facebook After Failed Yahoo Bid

By Jason Simpkins Associate Editor Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) bankers recently contacted Facebook Inc. and made inquiries about purchasing the popular social networking site, the Wall Street Journal reported.   Story continues below… No active discussions have been held between the two companies, but Microsoft has been on the prowl since withdrawing its bid for Yahoo Inc. […]

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Microsoft Adds to Asian Operations with $280 Million R&D Center in Beijing

By Jason Simpkins Associate Editor Less than a week after withdrawing its bid Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO), Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) broke ground on a $280 million research and development campus in Beijing. The center, to be completed in 2010, will be the company's largest outside the United States with enough room for 5,000 employees, according to […]

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What's Next For Microsoft and Yahoo?

By Jason Simpkins Associate Editor Shares of Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) tumbled 15% yesterday (Monday) to close at $24.37 a share as investors responded to Saturday's news that Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) would drop its $47.5 billion dollar bid for the beleaguered search engine firm. But the tough times are just beginning for Yahoo, which must now […]

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Microsoft Withdraws Yahoo Bid

From Staff Reports Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) last Saturday yanked its $44.6 billion bid for struggling Internet-search pioneer Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) after the two companies were unable to come to terms over the buyout price. In a statement, the software giant said it failed to win over Yahoo's board of directors – even after boosting its […]

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Rampant Piracy Threatens Microsoft's Emerging Market Growth

By Mike Caggeso Associate Editor Earlier this month, Micorsoft Corp. (MSFT) announced its second "Fair Play Day" in 14 Latin American countries, where investigations led to the seizure of more than 160,000 counterfeit copies of Microsoft software. The contraband had an estimated street value of $18.2 million. This is just the latest attempt by the […]

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Yahoo Board Rejects Microsoft Bid; Surveys Options

By Jason Simpkins Associate Editor Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) formally rejected Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) $44.6 billion takeover offer, yesterday (Monday). At the same time, speculation involving possible tie-ups with other industry leaders such as Time Warner Inc.'s (TWX) AOL and Google Inc. (GOOG) resurfaced. After 10 days of review, Yahoo's board unanimously decided that the $31 […]

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Microsoft Could Raise Bid to Further Tempt Yahoo!

By Jason Simpkins Associate Editor Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) is still examining Microsoft's (MSFT) unsolicited $44.6 billion takeover bid, and weighing its options. In an e-mail to employees, Chief Executive Officer Jerry Yang said the company had a "wide range" of options to consider before pursuing its "transformation strategy." However, in a note to clients, Citigroup […]

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Google Chimes in on Microsoft's Bid For Yahoo

By Jason Simpkins Associate Editor Google Inc. (GOOG) didn't waste any time before weighing in on Microsoft Corporation's (MSFT) takeover bid for Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO). Google officials lashed out against Microsoft's supposed motives yesterday [Monday], and even offered to help Yahoo! rebuff the takeover through a partnership of its own. "While the internet rewards competitive […]

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