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Microsoft stakes billions on new technology

As the threat of breakup looms over the software giant, its top executives tout the company's rosy future, backed up by heavy investments in new strategies.

 

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As the threat of breakup looms over the software giant, its top executives tout the company's rosy future, backed up by heavy investments in new strategies.

"(Microsoft has) a good track record in maturing (its) investments and turning them into successful businesses."

- Mark Specker, Wit SoundView analyst

 


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