Microsoft hits profit estimates, lifted by Office and servers

Microsoft’s quarterly profits met Wall Street expectations, riding strong results in its Microsoft Business and Server & Tools groups, even as the Windows division continued to feel the effects of sluggish PC sales. The company this afternoon reported profits of $5.74 billion, or 68 cents a share, matching the consensus of analysts polled in advance… Read More


SharePoint rival marches band into Microsoft conference

Microsoft’s SharePoint conference in Anaheim this morning played host to an unscheduled — and unwelcome — musical interlude courtesy of Huddle, a U.K. company that was looking to, um, drum up some attention for its competing collaboration platform. Yes, that’s a real marching band, with a flag squad and cheerleaders. There were football players, too…. Read More


Spoof: What happens when Microsoft’s top execs carpool to work together

Following the leak of Microsoft’s recent “Gmail Man” spoof, a new video from the company’s annual sales confab has surfaced on the Internet today. Starring top Microsoft execs Qi Lu (Bing), Chris Capossela (marketing), Andy Lees (Windows Phone) and Kurt DelBene (Office), it’s the latest in a long tradition of Microsoft spoof videos, typically shown… Read More


Google or not, Microsoft cloud tools win federal security nod

Microsoft says the federal version of its Business Productivity Online Suite cloud-based communications tools — including Exchange and SharePoint Online — has been certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Federal Information Management Security Act (FISMA), clearing the way for its use by 120,000 USDA employees. The announcement is notable in part because… Read More


Apple throws Microsoft’s Mac Office a MobileMe curveball

Microsoft next week will release the first service pack for its Office for Mac 2011 suite, with new features including calendar syncing between Apple’s Sync Services and Microsoft’s Outlook for Mac. However, Microsoft says upcoming changes from Apple mean that one part of those new sync capabilities — the ability to sync Outlook calendars via… Read More