Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) News: Troublesome Revenue, 3D Printer Support, Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) & More

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)Microsoft takes major loss on Surface tablets (Bit-Tech)
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has finally revealed revenue figures for its Surface tablet experiment, and they make troublesome reading for those who had hoped the company may continue to push its Windows RT operating system. Rumours have been circulating for months that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Surface RT and Surface Pro products aren’t selling, but the company has been silent on precise figures. The closest it came was the admission, in its most recent earnings call, that it was taking a $900 million write-down on unsold Surface RT inventory following a price cut designed to boost adoption of the device.

Microsoft to launch one final update for Visual Studio 2012 (NeoWin)
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has already launched a preview version of Visual Studio 2013, the next entry in its software development tool series. However, owners of the current Visual Studio 2012 can look forward to at least one more update for that product. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) launched a release candidate build for Visual Studio 2012 Update 4 this week. The change notes for the update show that it is being released mostly to fix a number of bugs centered on the software’s Team Foundation Server features.

The 7 Companies Microsoft Won’t Let Its Ex-Windows Chief Work For (Gizmodo)
Late last year, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) booted out booted out its head of Windows, Steve Sinofsky. Now, a few more details have come out about his departure—including who Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) have banned him from working for. In a 10-K filing, it’s revealed that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has said Sinofsky “cannot accept direct or indirect employment” with Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) and VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW). Until December 31st 2013 at last—a year on from his termination date. All those make sense: most of them are obvious direct competitors with the company, at least in one area or another (EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) and VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) are skewed to the enterprise side of things in case you were wondering).

Microsoft Confirms Easy 3D Printing With Windows 8.1 (TechWeekEurope)
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is hoping its upcoming Windows 8.1 update will unleash the 3D printing movement. This is because among the most surprising features being baked into Windows 8.1 is a 3D printer and file format support. The company is paving the way for “a factory on every desktop” later this year, Shanen Boettcher, general manager of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Startup Business Group, announced in a 26 June blog post. “Making a 3D object on your PC will be as easy as writing a document in Word and sending it to print. Just as desktop publishing transformed how we write, we think desktop manufacturing will transform how we create,” wrote Boettcher.

Alleged SAC tipster Sandeep Aggarwal arrested (Opalesque)
The alleged tipster to SAC Capital about a major deal between Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) was arrested yesterday by U.S. Federal authorities, various media reported. Forty-year-old Sandeep Aggarwal, a financial analyst from Gurgaon, India, was arrested in San Jose, California by authorities and charged with securities fraud, as government prosecutors close the noose on the $15bn hedge fund firm SAC Capital and its owner, hedge fund manager Steven Cohen, reported Seattle Times. Wiretap evidence that was part of the criminal complaint unsealed on Tuesday overheard Aggarwal giving SAC portfolio manager Richard Lee inside information about a pending search-advertising partnership between Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) in 2009.

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