The news Web site says it's hit profitability for the first time since launching eight years ago.
The software giant will reportedly receive $300 million for its stake in MSNBC.com, which will mirror content on the new NBCNews.com for a while.
MSNBC.com will be no more after NBC buys back Microsoft's shares and rebrands the site to NBCNews.com, the Daily Beast reports.
Struggling Web pioneer goes to its rival for its new chief, while Microsoft previews Office. Also: Apple patent cases.
Microsoft announces features for the next version of Office, Sprint goes live with LTE, and LinkedIn gets a makeover.
Merrill Brown, the former editor-in-chief of MSNBC.com, will oversee RealNetworks' subscription services.
The news site will introduce a new Web logs section by the end of August, a move that will allow more editorial control over the opinionated ramblings of its former online chat boards.
Editor in Chief Merrill Brown says he is "off to try new challenges," becoming the latest tech-publishing pioneer to call it quits.