On the Call: Microsoft CFO Peter Klein

Microsoft Corp. ended September with $57.4 billion in cash, up from $52.7 billion at the end of the year. Like many major technology companies, Microsoft keeps most of the money overseas to minimize its taxes. That raised a question during Microsoft’s Thursday conference call discussing the software maker’s fiscal first-quarter earnings. An analyst wanted to know how much of the cash was offshore and how much Microsoft needed in the U.S. to pay its quarterly stock dividend and cover its other obligations.
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Summary Box: Microsoft posts solid fiscal 1Q

MICROSOFT DELIVERS: The software maker’s fiscal first-quarter earnings rose 6 percent to $5.7 billion, or 68 cents per share. That matched analyst estimates. Revenue for the July-September period increased 7 percent to $17.3 billion to exceed the projections guiding Wall Street.
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Microsoft to launch Mango smartphones with Nokia, Samsung soon

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp, which has been trailing Apple Inc and Google Inc in the fast-growing smartphone market, will launch Mango-powered handsets from top makers including Nokia and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in coming weeks, a senior executive said on Thursday.
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Steve Ballmer: "You need to be a computer scientist to use Android"

photoSteve Ballmer is not known for holding back and at the Web 2.0 Summit on Tuesday, the Microsoft CEO tossed out some decent one-liners. Attacking Google search, Android, Yahoo, and touting the company’s recent purchase of Skype, Ballmer let loose, as he often does. Below are some select quotes. 

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How times have changed: Microsoft now eagerly courting Apple developers for Windows Phone 8

A decade or so ago, Apple (AAPL) was the company that had to work its tail off trying to get developers to port their Windows-based games and applications over to its desktop operating system. But with the rise of mobile computing, it seems that the tables have turned and Microsoft (MSFT) finds itself in the same place with Windows Phone 8 that Apple once did with OS X back in the days when it was still codenamed “Jaguar.” Technology Review reports that Microsoft last week invited several iOS app developers over to its Mountain View campus in an effort to persuade them to port their iPhone and iPad apps over to Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT devices. The good
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