Key Developments: Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O)

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Microsoft phones infringe patents: U.S. International Trade Commission judge - Reuters
Monday, 27 Apr 2015 05:52pm EDT 

Microsoft Corporation:Lost a round in a potentially costly patent battle when a U.S. International Trade Commission judge found that the software giant used InterDigital Inc's technology in its mobile phones without permission - Reuters.The judge said that Microsoft infringed two wireless cellular patents owned by InterDigital, a patent licensor, and said it would not be against the public interest to ban the Microsoft devices from being imported into the United States.The judge's decision must be reviewed by the full commission before any import ban is enacted.The InterDigital patents relate to moderating a mobile phone's power to reduce signal interference.  Full Article

3P Learning and Microsoft partner in the lead up to the World Education Games 2015
Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 04:56am EDT 

3P Learning Limited and Microsoft Corporation:Says they have announced a partnership agreement for 3PL to use Microsoft Azure as its global cloud platform for the World Education Games 2015 and the Mathletics learning platform.Says the partnership will also facilitate the expansion of 3PL’s mobility learning apps for Windows 8 and Windows 10.  Full Article

EY and Microsoft Corp form strategic business relationship
Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 10:00am EDT 

EY:Says strategic business relationship with Microsoft Corp to deliver new and innovative services through their digital age strengths to companies around the world.Says services will utilize EY's practices in analytics, cyber security, digital enterprise strategy, digital and emerging technology enablement, people services, and program management to deliver new offerings using Microsoft's cloud and data platforms.Says goal is to help customers remove barriers to digital adoption, improve employee experience at work, and maximize companies' return on their investment in digital technologies.  Full Article

Court questions Google on patent values in Microsoft case - Reuters
Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 07:01pm EDT 

Google Inc:A U.S. appeals court appeared skeptical toward Google Inc's bid to charge Microsoft Corp a high royalty rate to use some of the Internet search provider's Motorola Mobility patents - Reuters.Microsoft sued Motorola in 2010, alleging Motorola breached its commitment to license some of its industry standard patents on fair terms.After a 2012 trial, a Seattle federal judge found that the appropriate rate for Motorola to license certain wireless and video technology used in the Xbox game console was only a fraction of what Motorola had asked for.The value of Google's patents can affect how it negotiates royalty rates with other tech companies, and firms including Apple Inc and Intel Corp filed court papers supporting Microsoft.After the 2012 trial before U.S. District Judge, the judge said the appropriate royalty rate was about $1.8 mln, slightly above Microsoft's estimate, but well below Motorola's demand for as much as $4 bln a year.Google asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rule that the patent rate should have been determined by a jury, not the judge.However, all three members of the 9th Circuit panel suggested that Google's attorneys had not sought a jury trial on that issue at the time.A jury in 2013 awarded Microsoft about $14.5 mln in damages for breach of contract in a subsequent trial.Google has asked that the 9th Circuit reverse that award as well.The 9th Circuit is expected to rule sometime in the coming months.  Full Article

KPMG announces new strategic collaboration with Microsoft Corp
Monday, 30 Mar 2015 12:01am EDT 

KPMG:Announced an expansion of its strategic relationship with Microsoft to include a global collaboration to jointly deliver new suites of solutions and services in data and analytics (D&A), cloud compliance and transformation, and business solutions.Collaboration signals an important phase in the Microsoft and KPMG relationship, driven by shared certainty that clients are looking for business partners with solutions and services that combine technology, industry insight and thinking with excellence in managing complex global projects.  Full Article

Microsoft Corp and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd expand partnership
Monday, 23 Mar 2015 11:30am EDT 

Microsoft Corp and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd:Have expanded their global partnership to bring Microsoft mobile productivity services to more consumers and business customers.Says Samsung is planning to pre-install Microsoft services and apps on its portfolio of android devices and will deliver secured mobile productivity for businesses through a new Microsoft Office 365 and Samsung KNOX Business Pack.Microsoft is committed to reinventing productivity in a mobile-first, cloud-first world.Says expanding its cloud-based services to customers in new ways and across platforms and devices is a big part of executing this strategy.Says in first half of 2015, Samsung is planning to pre-install Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on select Samsung Android tablets.  Full Article

Polycom Inc and Microsoft Corp expand relationship through new series of video collaboration solutions for Skype for business
Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 10:00am EDT 

Polycom Inc and Microsoft Corp:Expands relationship through which Polycom plans to deliver a new series of video collaboration solutions purpose-built for Skype for business called Polycom(reg) RoundTable.Says first device in this new offering is Polycom(reg) RoundTable(reg) 100 and teams with Skype for business and Microsoft Lync 2013 to enjoy rich collaboration experiences, including voice, video and content collaboration, simply by logging into their Skype for business account.  Full Article

Cisco Systems Inc and Microsoft Corp extend relationship with new cloud platform
Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 08:00am EDT 

Cisco Systems Inc:Announces extension of its cloud and data center nofollow relationship with Microsoft Corp to include a new technology platform designed to accelerate service delivery and streamline journey to intercloud for cloud providers.Says integration between Cisco and Microsoft technologies will aim to enable cloud providers to realize unprecedented value.Says this collaboration will deliver pre-packaged policy management libraries that allow cloud providers to implement applications more quickly with consistent policy management.  Full Article

Microsoft Corp declares quarterly dividend
Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 10:39pm EDT 

Microsoft Corp:Declared quarterly dividend of $0.31 per share.Dividend is payable June 11, to shareholders of record on May 21.Ex-dividend date will be May 19.  Full Article

Microsoft sues Kyocera over cell phones, seeks U.S. injunction - Reuters
Friday, 6 Mar 2015 09:17pm EST 

Microsoft Corp:Sued Kyocera Corp for patent infringement on March 6, alleging the Japanese company's Duraforce, Hydro and Brigadier cell phone lines violate seven Microsoft patents - Reuters.Microsoft asked a Seattle federal judge to impose a U.S. sales injunction against Kyocera's infringing products, according to the lawsuit.In its lawsuit, Microsoft accuses Kyocera of using patented technology including location services and text messaging.  Full Article

Shareholder activism grows overseas as U.S. market gets crowded

NEW YORK/LONDON - Activist hedge funds have launched more non-U.S. campaigns this year than any year since the financial crisis, as managers slowly expand overseas in the face of a more challenging market at home.

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