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Category: Week in review
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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October 27, 2006 at 4:44 PM

So 10 minutes ago: A review of the week of Oct. 22

Tech news, earnings edition No blockbuster news events, but this was the big week for area tech companies to report their quarterly results. Here’s a quick roundup: Amazon.com: The company that typically draws the most emotional reaction to numbers, Amazon didn’t disappoint. Profit was down, but it beat expectations. Both the reaction and the stock price…

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October 13, 2006 at 4:24 PM

So 10 minutes ago: A review of the week of Oct. 9

Tech news Back in February, Kim Peterson posted a Tech Tracks item on the mysterious Origami project that Microsoft was thought to be working on. In that post, she noted how a viral-marketing video about the project had been pulled, but had reappeared on an under-the-radar site called YouTube. Hardly eight months later, Google swoops…

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