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February 7, 2004
* Microsoft Corp.'s MSN Internet division slipped back into the red on an operating basis with a $79-million loss, despite posting its first-ever profit in the previous quarter, the software maker said in a regulatory filing. Revenue, however, grew 19% to $546 million as it shifted its focus toward generating ad revenue and signing up subscribers for its broadband-targeted MSN services.
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April 7, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Salvador Rodriguez
Microsoft Corp. is finally pulling the plug on a piece of technology that has refused to go away. On Tuesday, the software giant will stop supporting Windows XP, the still ubiquitous computer operating system that's been around for almost 13 years, an eternity in tech terms. Even though XP was born well before smartphones and cloud services took over the tech landscape, an extraordinary number of consumers and businesses have clung to it despite Microsoft's best efforts to get them to upgrade to subsequent operating systems.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Blair Westlake, Microsoft Corp.'s longtime vice president of media and entertainment, is leaving the software company after a decade, as the troubled technology giant undergoes a restructuring. "As the reorganization has unfolded, it has become clear to me that the organization is moving in a direction that does not fit either my expertise or skill sets," Westlake said in a statement. "Therefore, I have made the decision to leave Microsoft. " Westlake oversaw the group that licensed movies and television shows for Microsoft products, including the Xbox Live online entertainment service offered through the video game console.  The team also has been involved in policy issues surrounding intellectual property and content protection technology.
BUSINESS
June 17, 1998
* Microsoft Corp. said it will shut down its Internet access service in Germany because it can no longer compete against a number of low-cost providers already established in that market.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2005 | From Reuters
Microsoft Corp. adopted a new mantra, promising to work harder to make its software work better with other software systems and hardware, Chairman Bill Gates said in an e-mail to customers. Previously, such e-mails signaled the launch of new initiatives; the last major one was to improve the security of the company's software.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Microsoft Corp. said it had acquired a British online mapping company to enhance its Windows Live Web-based services. The software maker did not say what it paid for Multimap, which provides street-level maps, travel directions and local information as well as hotel and restaurant booking services.
BUSINESS
October 7, 1998
The government and Microsoft Corp. have asked a federal judge to delay their antitrust trial four days until Oct. 19, a lawyer close to the case said. The lawyer, who requested anonymity, said pretrial interviews still aren't complete.
BUSINESS
May 9, 2000 | Bloomberg News
Microsoft Corp. said it promoted Linda Stone to vice president for corporate and industry initiatives, charged with changing its corporate culture. Stone, formerly Microsoft Research's director of the "virtual worlds" group, will meet with customers, partners and competitors to see how Microsoft can improve its relationships with other companies.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2013 | By Meg James and Dawn Chmielewski
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Nancy Tellem | Microsoft's president of entertainment and digital media The veteran CBS television executive had her work cut out when she joined Microsoft Corp. in 2012 to launch a Santa Monica studio to create original content. Long fascinated with changes in consumer behavior, Tellem is now playing an important role in determining what appeals to younger consumers accustomed to getting their entertainment on multiple screens.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2013 | Bloomberg News
Qualcomm Inc., a San Diego maker of chips for mobile phones, promoted Chief Operating Officer Steve Mollenkopf to chief executive after he was reported to be a candidate for the top job at Microsoft Corp. Mollenkopf, 44, will become CEO on March 4, Qualcomm said Friday. He will join the board and continue to serve as Qualcomm's president. Paul Jacobs, 51, the current CEO, will become executive chairman. The move marks the first time that the nearly 3-decade-old chip maker has picked a leader from outside the founding Jacobs family.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The streaming music service Rdio has tapped Anthony Bay -- a former digital media executive at Amazon.com Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc. -- as its new chief executive. This ends a search that began in June when the company's former CEO, Drew Larner, said he would step down after a replacement was found. Larner will become vice chairman and strategic advisor to Rdio's board of directors.  Rdio, the San Francisco company founded by Skype co-creator Janus Friis and launched in 2010, has been trying to compete in a crowded industry that includes larger competitors such as Spotify and Pandora.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Microsoft Corp., looking to build anticipation for the new Xbox One video game console, emphasized the entertainment features of the device. The struggling Seattle technology giant has been positioning the successor to its Xbox 360 as an all-in-one entertainment system that will enable users to quickly switch from playing games to watching television to listening to music - and back again - by using their voice. "One of the goals we have for Xbox One is for it to be the games and entertainment system for people in their homes," Xbox Marketing Director Jose Pinero said as he demonstrated the new features this week in Venice.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The Xbox One - scheduled to come out Nov. 22 - seeks to improve on the cumbersome electronic program guides and remote controls that people use to make viewing selections with a new type of navigation.  The Kinect controller recognizes a user when he or she enters the room, and it automatically fills the screen with that person's favorite channels, applications or games.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Xbox Music, Microsoft Corp.'s entry into the ever-expanding music-streaming industry, will introduce applications for Android and iOS devices and allow free streaming on the Web, the company said Sunday. Microsoft launched Xbox Music about a year ago, and it's currently available through Xbox 360 consoles, a Windows 8 app and a version that lets subscribers stream through Web browsers. A subscription to the service, which allows access to some 30 million songs, costs about $10 a month or $100 a year.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien, Paresh Dave and Andrea Chang
Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer will step down from the troubled tech giant in the next 12 months, ending the career of a man who helped usher in the modern computing age, only to watch it turn on him and threaten to devour his company. The software company made the surprising announcement Friday after a tumultuous year in which it radically redesigned nearly all of its major products for a new computing era defined by mobile and touch-screen computing. No successor was named, a signal to analysts that Ballmer, 57, was pressured by the board to go. "This came very sudden and wasn't of Ballmer's choosing," said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Microsoft Corp. revised its rules to make it easier for shareholders to force directors off the board. Directors who receive a majority of "withhold" votes in an uncontested election will be asked to resign, the Redmond, Wash.-based company said. Microsoft also declared a dividend of 8 cents a share, payable Dec. 8.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc., the world's most valuable Internet company, and Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software company, each disappointed investors with financial performances that fell short of Wall Street expectations. In Google's case, its second quarter showed the Mountain View, Calif., company was still wrestling with how to make as much money from selling ads on mobile devices as it does on desktop computers with consumers increasingly using smartphones and tablets.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
With Microsoft Corp.'s reorganization last week, a curious thing has now happened at the three companies that are the biggest players in the world of operating systems.  In the last year, Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Microsoft have all moved to put one person in charge of both their mobile and desktop operating systems. PHOTOS: Six things rich tech execs splurge on   Coincidence? Perhaps. But Colin Gillis, an analyst at BGC Partners, who mentioned the trend in a recent conversation, says the shift seems to be pointing each company toward convergence some time, even if that point remains far down the road.
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