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Category: Hardware
October 3, 2008 at 7:32 AM

Next week: Microsoft business intelligence conference a coming out for DATAllegro

Microsoft will tout its recent buy, DATAllegro, at a business intelligence conference beginning Monday in Seattle.

Microsoft announced the acquisition of the high-end database company in July during its Financial Analyst Meeting. The acquisition was viewed as a broadside on Oracle in the high-end database market. DATAllegro makes a data warehousing appliance, which combines multiple database servers with hardware.

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August 13, 2008 at 5:08 AM

Microsoft’s Surface plans include third-party application developers

Workers were set to install three Microsoft Surface tabletop computers at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel early this morning. My story in today’s paper touches on the Seattle commercial debut of the Surface, but also details the internal deployment of the devices on Microsoft’s campus going on since January.

The company is now setting its sights on third-party application developers, with a boost from the internal developers who got their hands on the Surface in the past half year, said Matt Champagne, director of Surface product management.

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May 14, 2008 at 8:30 AM

Gates looks to the future with top CEOs, unveils ‘Touch Wall’

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates conceived of the CEO Summit 12 years ago as an exclusive forum to discuss technology and other issues worrying the business world’s elite. It’s also an excellent sales opportunity for Microsoft. This year’s event kicked off last night at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle.

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March 13, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Game consoles: Sony PS3 outsells Microsoft Xbox 360 for the second month in a row

For the second month in a row, Sony’s PlayStation 3 outsold Microsoft’s Xbox 360, according to U.S. sales data for February from The NPD Group.

As the two higher-end consoles duke it out, Nintendo’s Wii, which is in the midst of several sought-after game and accessory launches this spring, continued to run away with the market.

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February 19, 2008 at 9:00 PM

Microsoft: Death of HD DVD format to have no material impact on Xbox 360

With Toshiba today making it official that HD DVD is done, Microsoft updated the statement they gave me last week about the company’s plans for how to proceed with the Xbox 360’s HD DVD player accessory. In last week’s post, I discussed how the competing formats played out in the console battle between…

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February 15, 2008 at 12:08 PM

Microsoft, still supporting HD-DVD, doesn’t close the door on Blu-ray

It’s been a rough start to 2008 for the next-generation high-definition format backed by Microsoft, HD DVD, which is being eulogized around the Web today. The latest blow comes from Wal-Mart, which announced today that, by June, it will stock exclusively Blu-ray movies and players, in addition to its standard definition lines. And The…

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January 17, 2008 at 7:13 AM

Ahead of earnings, Goldman boosts MSFT; solid PC growth figures show Apple gains

Microsoft will try to keep up with the blistering pace it set during the fiscal first quarter of 2008 when it reports earnings for the second quarter on Thursday, Jan. 24, after the markets closed.

Today, the stock started off up slightly after Goldman Sachs analyst Sara Friar added it back to the financial giant’s “Americas Conviction Buy List.” Friar is bullish on the upcoming earnings announcement and the late February launch of Windows Server 2008 and associated products.

Microsoft should also benefit from solid PC sales growth in the quarter, which hit 15.5 percent according data released yesterday by IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Gartner’s growth estimate was slightly lower for the quarter: 13.1 percent. A huge chunk of Microsoft’s Windows revenue comes from sales of software pre-installed on new PCs, so the PC growth rate dictates a large part of the company’s financial results. But at least one PC tracker sees a slowdown ahead.

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