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Microsoft Is Said to Evaluate Possible Bid for Salesforce

Microsoft Corp. is evaluating a bid for Salesforce.com Inc., after the cloud software provider was approached by another would-be buyer according to industry sources. Salesforce, which has a market value of almost $50 billion, is working with two investment banks to determine a response to approaches.  The San Francisco-based company’s options could include rebuffing any buyer, or working out a sale, people ... Read More »

Microsoft Acquires Mobile BI Vendor Datazen

Microsoft has purchased cross-platform, mobile business-intelligence vendor Datazen Software, a Toronto-based company, for an undisclosed amount. Toronto-based Datazen provides data visualization and key performance indicator data on Windows, iOS and Android devices. Microsoft is touting the acquisition as accelerating its Power BI self-service business-intelligence strategy.  Datazen was founded in 2002 as ComponentArt – a developer tools vendor that built UI ... Read More »

Microsoft Acquires Revolution Analytics

Microsoft is spending an undisclosed sum to acquire statistical computing and predictive analytics firm Revolution Analytics. Revolution provides consulting, training and software for R, described as ‘the world’s most widely used statistics programming language’, and both parties say the buy will help more companies make use of it to unlock big data insights, as well as bolstering the open source ... Read More »

Microsoft Cuts 18,000 Jobs

Microsoft announced it would slash 18,000 jobs from its global workforce over the next year, the majority from the integration of the Nokia unit acquired this year.  The move is part of “a restructuring plan to simplify its operations and align the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy.” In an email to employees, Microsoft CEO ... Read More »

Microsoft and Salesforce.com Announce Global, Strategic Partnership

Microsoft Corp. and salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM) announced a strategic partnership to create new solutions that connect salesforce.com’s customer relationship management (CRM) apps and platform to Microsoft Office and Windows so customers can be more productive.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We are excited to partner with salesforce.com and help customers thrive in a mobile and cloud-first world,” said Satya Nadella, ... Read More »

Interactive Data Announces Collaboration With Microsoft

Interactive Data to Deliver Capital Markets Data Content for Use Within Existing Microsoft Business Intelligence Applications Interactive Data announced a collaboration with Microsoft in support of today’s most demanding requirements for servicing capital markets applications.  Interactive Data intends to leverage Windows Azure and Power BI for Office 365 to make their pricing and reference data accessible via some of the ... Read More »

Yahoo Partners With Yelp To Bring Local Data To Its Search Tools

Yahoo announced that it has partnered with Yelp to bring local data into its search experience, both mobile and desktop. The deal will see traditional Yelp information, such as ratings and user photos piped into Yahoo. Yahoo is no longer a company known for its search products, having long-ago ceded its search technology to Microsoft, but the company does command a slice ... Read More »

Microsoft invests US$15 million in Foursquare

Microsoft has made a modest investment in Foursquare, with the social network announcing a US$15 million injection.  According to the Wall Street Journal Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley, Microsoft also signed a “multi-year contract to license Foursquare data in services such as its mobile operating system and Bing search engine.”  Microsoft is said to be Foursquare’s single biggest source of revenue.  ... Read More »

US Government Reaches Data Deal with High Tech Companies

According to the Financial Times the Obama administration has reached an agreement with leading technology companies that allows them to give customers more details about the online data collected by government agencies. Under the agreement, which comes after several internet companies launched a lawsuit calling for more transparency, the groups will be able to say how many information requests they receive ... Read More »

High Tech Companies Join Forces to Limit Government Surveillance

According to Reuters U.S. high tech companies have joined hands to start a public campaign for new limits on how governments collect user information amid concerns of growing online surveillance. The companies — Google Inc, Microsoft Corp , Apple Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter , LinkedIn Corp, Yahoo Inc and AOL Inc — issued an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama and Congress to bring in reforms and restrictions on surveillance activities.  ... Read More »

US Technology Companies Face Challenges in China Following Spy Scandal

U.S. technology companies including Cisco Systems Inc, International Business Machines Corp and Microsoft Corp may face new challenges selling their goods and services in China as fallout from the U.S. spying scandal starts to take a toll. IBM last month reported a 22 percent drop in China revenue, leading to a 4 percent decline in its third-quarter profit. Chief Financial ... Read More »

Microsoft Takes Over Skype’s Operations in China with 100 million Domestic Users

Microsoft announced that it would be taking hold of Skype’s operations in China, where it currently lays claim to 100 million registered users. Microsoft owns Skype, however not in China.  Microsoft purchased Skype in May 2011, however the deal excluded Skype’s operations in China.   In China, Skype had been running as a joint venture with Tom Online, a Chinese ... Read More »

Microsoft Q3 2013 Revenues Up 16% – Beat Wall Street Forecasts

Microsoft surprised Wall Street with a powerful performance.   Technology is proving one of the most resilient sectors in an uncertain economy, with 84% of tech companies beating earnings estimates for the latest quarter. Analysts had trimmed profit targets for Microsoft over the past three months, concerned by the launch of an ambitious reorganization by retiring chief executive Steve Ballmer ... Read More »

Microsoft Chief Steve Ballmer to Retire

Steve Ballmer is stepping down as the CEO of Microsoft, and Wall Street is rather pleased as its shares rose 9%.  Some critics say Steve Ballmer’s retirement comes 10 years too late.  Mr Ballmer, 57, succeeded Mr Gates in 2000. The two men met in 1973 while studying at Harvard University, and Mr Ballmer joined the company in 1980. Read More »

Microsoft Q2 Quarter Revenue up 3% – Operating Income down 3%

Microsoft Corp. announced quarterly revenue of $21.46 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2012, an increase of 3% from prior year period. Operating income, net income, and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $7.77 billion, $6.38 billion, and $0.76 per share.  Operating income was down 3% from prior year period. Microsoft’s latest quarterly earnings slipped, even as ... Read More »