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Microsoft to hold press call, not related to Yahoo

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates speaks to students during a question and answer session at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, February 19, 2008. Microsoft Corp said it will hold a press conference on Thursday for a "significant" company announcement, but the software maker said the news was not related to its $42 billion offer for Yahoo Inc. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp MSFT.O said it will hold a press conference on Thursday for a "significant" company announcement, but the software maker said the news was not related to its $42 billion offer for Yahoo Inc YHOO.O.

The company will hold a conference call at 11.30 a.m. EST with Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, chief software architect Ray Ozzie, senior vice president of server and tools Bob Muglia and general counsel Brad Smith.

Further details were not disclosed.

Microsoft shares rose 1.2 percent in premarket trading to $28.56 from its close of $28.22 on the Nasdaq on Wednesday.

Reporting by Michele Gershberg, editing by Gerald E. McCormick

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