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2009-06-12 13:32:04

Microsoft Corp. said executives and sales personnel plan to introduce buyers to Windows 7 at the annual Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans this year. The conference is geared toward interactions with the Best Buys of the world down to the mom-and-pop technology companies, said Pam Salzer, senior director of worldwide partner marketing. Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner and Corporate Vice President of the Worldwide Partner Group...

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2009-06-04 05:35:00

On Wednesday, Yahoo chief executive Carol Bartz denied speculation that the Internet search engine needed to make a deal with Microsoft in order to compete with Google. "Yahoo! doesn't have to do anything with Microsoft about anything," Bartz said during an appearance at an investor conference hosted in New York by Bank of America Corp.'s Merrill Lynch. "We are a damned big, important site," she said. Bartz has been hard at work trying to streamline Yahoo's operations since replacing...

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2009-05-28 15:20:00

Microsoft Corp. will introduce its revamped search engine in the coming days in hopes it will attract more users in its bid to challenge the dominance of Google Inc.'s search and advertising business. The new site, dubbed Bing, adds enhancements to streamline the Web search process and make it easier for users to make purchases, book travel and locate credible health information.  After spending the past several months testing the product internally under the name Kumo, Microsoft will...

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2009-05-28 06:05:21

Boatloads of money...that's what Yahoo Inc CEO Carol Bartz said any deal to spin off or combine its Internet search assets will require. The pioneering Internet firm, according to Bartz, said its talking to Microsoft about a deal. Speaking at the All Things Digital conference on Wednesday, run by the Wall Street Journal, Bartz said the company's selection of popular Web products, including Yahoo mail and its home page, remain the key assets that will return Yahoo to growth. "If there's...

2009-05-26 16:40:00

- SYNC hits million unit milestone; now offers 911 Assist and Vehicle Health Reports - Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer takes delivery of a 2010 Fusion Hybrid, America's most fuel-efficient midsize car - Purchase by Microsoft CEO underscores positive partnership of two powerhouse brands, Ford and Microsoft, joining forces to deliver affordable products consumers want SEATTLE, May 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The popularity of Ford SYNC(R) reached a new milestone today, as Ford Motor Company...

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2009-05-22 05:55:00

Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates told high-level Microsoft officials that he believes technology can pull the United States out of the current recession and help the world's financial markets function better. "The drug companies will get back in high productivity mode. The software, IT revolution -- we're just at the start of that," said Gates at Microsoft's annual CEO Summit. "What we can do for education, communication, and what that looks like for the efficiencies of world markets, we...

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2009-05-12 10:38:41

Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer on Tuesday dispelled rumors that the software giant could be planning to buy German firm SAP. "I have nothing to say about rumors of acquisitions ... positively or negatively," Ballmer told reporters in Mumbai. "It strikes me as a random rumor." Also on Monday, SAP's Co-Chief Executive Leo Apothekar said he believed his firm should remain independent. Rumors of an acquisition by either IBM or Microsoft continue to orbit the business software firm....

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2009-05-07 11:07:37

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Corp's CEO, said he sees opportunities to work with Yahoo Inc. to create a "better search product," but would not comment on talks that the two might be engaged in. His trip to San Francisco Bay area has sparked speculations that he might be meeting with Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz about a potential deal. When Ballmer was asked about Microsoft's unsuccessful bid to buy Yahoo last year, he said he still thought a tie-up would have been "valuable."  This was said to...

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2009-05-06 12:22:41

U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp. warned employees that further job cuts could be in the works, depending on the company's financial fortunes. As we move forward, we will continue to closely monitor the impact of the economic downturn on the company and, if necessary, take further actions on our cost structure, including additional job eliminations, Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said in a memo to Microsoft personnel Tuesday. Microsoft began the second round of cuts this week, aiming...

2009-05-05 19:06:34

U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp. said it would cut as many as 3,600 jobs Tuesday to complete a previously announced downsizing of 5,000 positions. A spokesman declined to comment on the number of workers to be laid off this week, but its first round of cuts, which took place in January, included 1,400 positions, The Seattle Times reported. About half the cuts would be U.S. jobs, the company said. The staffing reductions could be viewed as a restructuring process, as the company said it...