July 18, 2006 |
Microsoft Corp. said it would report its financial performance starting in the 2007 business year based on five businesses, down from seven operating divisions. The software maker, which has $40 billion in annual revenue, said the change reflected a broad reorganization into three divisions, with the goal of making the company more nimble to compete with a diverse set of rivals, including Google Inc. and Oracle Corp.
March 22, 2006 |
Microsoft Corp. said that it planned to soon double or triple shipments of its Xbox 360 video game console to address shortages that have crimped game sales across the industry. The announcement came a week after rival Sony Corp. announced that it would delay the launch of its much-anticipated PlayStation 3 until November to finalize standards for the Blue-ray disc drive, a next-generation DVD player that will be included in PS3.
October 25, 2006 |
Microsoft Corp. said it would defer about $1.5 billion in revenue from its current fiscal second quarter to its third quarter to account for its upgrade plan and pre-shipments of its upcoming Windows Vista operating system and Office 2007 software suite. The company said it would begin a coupon program for personal computer buyers to upgrade to Vista when it premieres next year in an effort to avoid a drop-off in PC sales over the holidays and ahead of the software's release.
September 4, 2002 |
Microsoft Corp. hired a unit of Taiwan's Acer Inc. to make the Xbox video game console, seeking to cut costs and close the gap with market leaders Sony Corp. and Nintendo Co. Wistron Corp., the manufacturing arm of computer maker Acer, will make the console in its plant in Zhongshan, China, by the end of the year. Slack demand for the Xbox prompted the world's biggest software maker to drop prices in Europe for the second time last week.
August 13, 2004 |
The European judge deciding whether to suspend European Union sanctions against Microsoft Corp. has told the company to provide more evidence to back up its contention that its intellectual property rights would be under threat if it were forced to divulge information on its server systems, a source close to the case said. The request was made by Bo Vesterdorf, president of the Luxembourg-based European Court of First Instance, the source said, according to a report in the Financial Times.
February 26, 2004 |
Japan's Fair Trade Commission said it was investigating the Japanese unit of Microsoft Corp. on suspicion of violating antitrust laws. The commission said it believed Microsoft imposed unfair conditions on computer makers wanting to license its Windows XP operating system software. A Microsoft spokeswoman confirmed that representatives of the fair-trade body were at its headquarters but said she had no further details. The investigation is only the latest for Redmond, Wash.
July 31, 2004 |
Microsoft Corp. issued a widely expected patch for its Internet Explorer browser, which was known to have a flaw that would let hackers take control of computers and distribute malicious software code. The security warning, which Microsoft rated as critical, was issued as an extra bulletin ahead of its regular monthly security bulletin because of the serious risk to computers, the world's largest software maker said. Shares of Microsoft, based in Redmond, Wash., rose 1 cent to $28.49 on Nasdaq.
May 21, 2004 |
A federal judge ordered Microsoft Corp. to search a company computer to help explain why Vice President James E. Allchin told employees in 2000 to eliminate e-mails. U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz in Baltimore issued the order in an antitrust and patent suit by Burst.com Inc., which has accused Microsoft of stealing its technology for broadcasting sound and video over the Internet at high speeds. Burst.
August 29, 2003 |
Microsoft Corp., which this month was found to have infringed a patented method for viewing Internet pages, will make changes to its Web browser software, according to the World Wide Web Consortium trade group. The consortium said the company would make changes "very soon" to its Internet Explorer program that "may affect a large number of existing Web pages." Microsoft spokesman Jim Desler said the company "may take precautionary steps in response to the ruling."
June 24, 2003 |
Microsoft Corp. and three computer manufacturers won't have to face a claim that they conspired to maintain a monopoly, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to revive an antitrust suit against them. The court turned down an appeal by the bankruptcy trustee for Gravity Inc., a Texas software company. A lower court dismissed Gravity's claim that Microsoft, the world's largest software company, conspired with Hewlett-Packard Co. unit Compaq Computer, Dell Computer Corp. and NEC Corp.