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Microsoft’s Windows kingpin Steven Sinofsky will be onstage at D9 next week to talk about the future of the flagship franchise in the era of all kinds of new devices and the cloud. Get ready for him and a range of other top tech and media speakers, all coming to the famous red hot seat at the ninth D: All Things Digital conference.
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier tonight that Microsoft–in what would be its most aggressive acquisition in the digital space–was zeroing in on buying Skype for $8.5 billion all in. Sources told BoomTown tonight that the deal for the online telephony and video communications giant is actually done and will be announced early tomorrow morning.
Software giant Microsoft soundly beat Wall Street expectations in its third-quarter earnings released after the markets closed today. Microsoft said it had revenue of $16.43 billion for the quarter ended Mar. 31, 2011, which was up 13 percent from a year ago. Net income was $5.23 billion, or 61 cents per share, a rise of 36 percent.
Microsoft’s legal eagle Brad Smith didn’t even bother to pretend the software giant’s filing of a formal antitrust complaint against Google with the European Commission wasn’t a wee bit ironic. Wrote Smith in a blog post late last night: “There of course will be some who will point out the irony in today’s filing.” You think?
Satya Nadella, the Microsoft exec who has been in charge of its Bing search effort, has been promoted to president of its Server and Tools Business. He replaces Bob Muglia, a longtime exec who was ousted recently in CEO Steve Ballmer’s effort to shake things up at the company and stress the company’s technical expertise.
Microsoft began its earnings conference call on Thursday by touting the company’s record earnings and revenue–results that topped expectations amid strong performance in the Office and Xbox units. Looking forward, CFO Peter Klein said the company expects business tech spending will grow this year, with Windows and Office standing to benefit.