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2011-06-15 10:44:53

US cable provider Comcast has announced plans with Skype to add video chat through high-definition televisions, AFP is reporting. "TV has evolved into a social experience, and Comcast and Skype will be delivering a product that personalizes the TV experience even more," said Comcast president Neil Smit. "Our unique relationship with Skype not only will change how our customers interact with their TV, but also will create new and meaningful ways to bring our customers closer to the people...

2011-05-10 12:30:00

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it is buying Internet phone service company Skype for $8.5 billion. The purchase is the largest ever during Microsoft's 36-year history. "Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world," Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said in a statement early Tuesday announcing the purchase. "Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends, clients and...

2011-05-10 07:00:00

REDMOND, Wash., and LUXEMBOURG, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: "MSFT") and Skype Global S.a r.l today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Skype, the leading Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion in cash from the investor group led by Silver Lake. The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of both Microsoft and Skype. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO)...

2011-04-22 06:10:00

Microsoft Corp. said on Thursday that it would boost cash compensation for employees amid tightening competition for high-tech workers, Bloomberg reported. "For all employees, we will shift a portion of stock award targets into base salary, providing more cash up front," wrote Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in a memo to all employees Thursday morning. Like other Silicon Valley companies Google and Yahoo, Microsoft may be losing top workers to newer, hyper-growing startup companies such as...

2011-03-31 07:04:24

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen blasted his former business partner Bill Gates in his new book, accusing the billionaire philanthropist of plotting to take away Allen's stake in the software giant before he left in 1983. Gates, the second wealthiest man in the world with a $56 billion fortune, was described by Allen as a brilliant schemer who tried to control the firm from its early days. He detailed Gates 1982 scheme to "rip me off" in excerpts from his new memoir "Idea Man," published...

2011-02-22 11:00:00

HOUSTON, Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Houston Technology Center will welcome Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corporation, as the featured speaker of the Houston Technology Forum®. More than 400 business and community leaders will gather at Union Station at Minute Maid Park on March 10, to learn more about Microsoft's perspective on the evolution of technology and what it means to Houston as a global technology center. Microsoft Corporation,...

2011-01-18 09:00:00

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) today showcased examples of how government organizations are using the recently announced Microsoft Dynamics CRM to improve citizen services, reduce operational costs and boost productivity. Unveiled yesterday by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online is the cloud service of the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 solution that is helping both public and private-sector organizations respond to the...

2011-01-17 11:00:00

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer today announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, the cloud version of the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 release that delivers new levels of productivity to sales, service and marketing organizations. The on-premises and partner-hosted versions of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 will be globally available on Feb. 28, 2011. (Logo:...

2011-01-14 10:45:00

Overall sales of video games fell short of expectations for 2010 but are expected to climb back up for 2011 as people embrace new ways of playing games online and on mobile devices, according to retail research firm NPD Group. Total spending on video games and equipment fell 6 percent to $18.6 billion in 2010, as gamers curtailed spending in the early part of the year despite a surge in video game accessories -- spurred by Microsoft Corp's Kinect and Sony Corp's Move motion control systems....

2011-01-11 05:50:00

Microsoft Corp. announced on Monday that Bob Muglia, who led the company's server and tools division, will leave the company this summer at the behest of Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer. Muglia, who has worked for the Redmond, Washington-based company for 23 years, will continue to actively run the $15 billion Server and Tools business (STB) while Microsoft searches for his replacement, said Ballmer in an e-mail sent to employees on Monday. "Bob Muglia and I have been talking about the...

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  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
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