Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) News: Worldwide Partner Group, Sony Corporation (ADR) (SNE)’s Edge & Google Inc (GOOG)

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)Microsoft announces winners and finalists of 2013 Sales Achievement program (WSJ)
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced the winners and finalists of the Sales Achievement program at the 2013 Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Worldwide Partner Conference, the company’s annual event for industry partners, July 7–11 in Houston. The inaugural program recognizes global Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) partners for achieving exceptional sales results in fiscal year 2013. “Partners that won this year’s Sales Achievement program have demonstrated extraordinary commitment in transforming their businesses to support customers worldwide with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) technology,” said Chris Atkinson, vice president, Partner Growth & Enablement, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). “As customers’ needs evolved, these partners made the right investments to grow their businesses with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and are now well-positioned to take advantage of new opportunities in fiscal year 2014 and beyond.”

Sony’s PS4 Has Fifty Percent Lead Over Microsoft’s Xbox One, Says Strategy Analytics Survey (AmericanNewsReport)
Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE)’s PS4 will have the edge over Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Xbox One in the new games console battle which will erupt later this year according to feedback from Strategy Analytics’ latest ConsumerMetrix survey. According to the report, “Games Consoles: Purchase Intention Index Q2 2013“, 14.2 percent of consumers are very or somewhat likely to buy a PS4 within the next twelve months compared to 9.5 percent who will buy an Xbox One. If the results were reflected in sales data this would imply that sales of PS4s would be nearly fifty percent higher than Xbox One. The survey interviewed a representative population sample of more than 6000 respondents across the US and Europe in June 2013. …”Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE)’s performance at E3 was widely accepted as superior to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s, and the survey evidence suggests this has already fed through to the wider consumer market.”

Microsoft Windows 8, Surface RT tablets eat competitors’ dust (IVCPost)
Windows 8, the operating system Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) designed for touch PCs, was still finding it hard to capture a sizeable audience. Analysts said that whereas PCs were becoming a thing of the past, tablets were the future. In addition, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Surface RT were also experiencing slow sales. There was also limited backing from the company’s partner hardware companies. According to Strategy Analytics, there were a total of 51.7 million units of tablet shipments worldwide for the second quarter of the year. This was an increased of 43% from 36.1 million units during the same period last year. However, of the total shipments in Q2 2013, Windows-operated tablets were only 2.3 million shipments in the quarter.

Microsoft asks Google to remove half a million URLs every month (TheInquirer)
No, we don’t have anything better to do IN ITS FIGHT to gain ground as top technology vendor over Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) seems to be taking a new approach – swamping its rival with so many URL takedown requests that it has to focus all its resources on managing those rather than buidling new products like Android and Glass. According to the latest Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Transparency Report, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has submitted a whopping 17,142 takedown requests to Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) in the past two years, equating to around 165 each week. Since July 2011, the Redmond firm has asked for 13,843,300 URLs to be removed for copyright infringement, meaning Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is faced with dealing with 26,620 Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)-offending URLs every day.

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