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10:00 pm on Jul 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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As expected, Microsoft reported a quarterly loss for the first time in its 26 years on the market on Thursday afternoon. The tech giant had warned previously that it would be taking a $6.19 billion write-down its 2007 acquisition of aQuantive, which Microsoft once hoped would help it break into the display market that continues to be dominated by Google.

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Excluding the adjustment and the deferral of some revenue into the current quarter related to its launch of Windows 8, earnings came to 73 cents per share, beating the 62 cents per share expected by analysts polled by FactSet.

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Apart from the aQuantive acquisition, it doesn't look too bad. Remember, Microsoft has deep pockets so can take a hit. Microsoft Reports Record Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Revenue [microsoft.com]
“We delivered record fourth quarter and annual revenue, and we’re fast approaching the most exciting launch season in Microsoft history,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “Over the coming year, we’ll release the next versions of Windows, Office, Windows Server, Windows Phone, and many other products and services that will drive our business forward and provide unprecedented opportunity to our customers and partners.”
The Online Services Division revenue grew 8% for the fourth quarter and 10% for the full year reflecting growth in our search business. Bing organic U.S. search market share was 15.6% for the month of June 2012, up 120 points from the prior year period.
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They could go the way of Blackberry if they are not careful in anticipating the future of PC's and customer preference.

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I think the release of Windows 8 might turn this one around.
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They did at right time businesswise IMO. They have set the expectation of the shareholders in case new strategies fail which is not going to happen in my opinion (with plan a, plan b, plan c to play with them in huge portfolio of new offerings) but keeping expectation low by registering first loss in Q with write-down makes sense to me.
 

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