Here are a few things that happened while we were away the last few days:
- Microsoft’s board declared a quarterly dividend of 20 cents per share — the same amount as its last two quarterly dividends.
The dividend is payable June 14, 2012 to shareholders of record on May 17, 2012. The ex-dividend date will be May 15, 2012.
- Microsoft hired Phil Harrison, former president of Sony’s worldwide game studios, as a corporate vice president in charge of growing the company’s Interactive Entertainment Business (read: Xbox) division in Europe. He will also oversee Microsoft’s three game studios in the U.K.
- Microsoft issued a credit related to its Leap Year Windows Azure outage. The 33% credit will be issued proactively to customers of Windows Azure Compute, Access Control, Service Bus and Caching for the entire affected billing month(s) for these services, regardless of whether their service was impacted, according to an official blog post that explains more about the outage.