Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) board of directors are going to press for CEO Alan Mulally to make a decision on his future. There is a speculation that Mulally will be hired as the new CEO of Microsoft as a successor to Steve Ballmer. Mulally, 68, supposedly has not flat out refused the job offer. It appears that Mulally is still mulling on it.
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Steve Ballmer gave a final interview as Microsoft CEO to reporter Mary Jo Foley. Ballmer’s most notable quote was:
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was able to defeat Cisco Systems in court regarding competition concerns in their $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype. Europe’s second-highest court ruled against claims by Cisco that the Microsoft-Skype deal would harm competition. Microsoft will be able to continue marketing Skype video calling to consumers and businesses without having to make concessions to Cisco Systems.
A court in India is expected to make a ruling tomorrow that could affect whether Nokia can be free to transfer a factory that makes phones to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Microsoft may have to pay as much as $3.4 billion in disputed taxes. The Nokia plant in Chennai, India is one of Nokia’s largest phone manufacturing factories, but it was seized by authorities because of tax claims. Nokia appealed the seizure. The company has been trying to end the dispute since before the sale to Microsoft as part of a $7.4 billion deal.
[Source: Globe and Mail]
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has reported that over 2 million Xbox One video game consoles have been sold so far. Over 111,000 Xbox One consoles are being sold per day since sales started on November 22nd.
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Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) has reported to the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission that one-third of their search revenue (31%) is from a deal that they have with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), according to Bloomberg. In the past, Yahoo! acknowledged that the Microsoft deal was more than 10%. The deal generated 31% of revenue in the latest quarter.
This morning, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) held a doorbuster sale for the Dell Venue Pro 8 tablet. And it sold out of the supply in just minutes. The tablet lists at a price of $299 and was priced at $99 for the first 100 online customers and then $199 for the group of consumers after that.
There is a rumor floating around that you can make the Xbox One console backwards compatible, but this is not true. The rumor said that backwards compatibility can be enabled by turning on developer tools. Take caution if you turn on developer tools because your console could be bricked.
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