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Microsoft's Net strategy taking shape

Despite unending criticism, Microsoft must be doing something right. The company's earnings blow Wall Street estimates out of the water as it "reviews" plans to issue a tracking stock for its Net properties.

 

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Despite unending criticism, Microsoft must be doing something right. The company's earnings blow Wall Street estimates out of the water as it "reviews" plans to issue a tracking stock for its Net properties.

"If they were to spin it out to investors and then demonstrate that the shares were significantly undervalued, that would get a lot of attention."

- Brett Berry, portfolio manager, Bailard Biehl & Kaiser

 


Microsoft: To track, or not to track?
Company executives say they are "reviewing" splitting off Microsoft's Internet holdings as a separate tracking stock but hedge on a timetable for disclosure of such a plan.

Microsoft's profit surge continues
The world's biggest software company says earnings rose 60 percent in its fiscal fourth quarter, well ahead of analyst expectations.

Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch buys Sidewalk
update Software giant Microsoft agrees to sell the city guide portion of MSN Sidewalk to Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch for a combination of Ticketmaster stock and warrants.

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Microsoft may issue MSN tracking stock
Microsoft considers creating new shares that track the performance of its Internet businesses, a move that would generate stock to use for acquisitions.

Microsoft enters free PC throng
Microsoft will offer a free computer to customers who sign up for three years of its Internet service, the latest move in a game of one-upmanship driving down the price of hardware.

Bristol ruling may be wake-up call to Microsoft critics
news analysis Microsoft's victory over Bristol is a strong psychological win for a company whose image has been tarnished by a series of lawsuits, but it is unlikely to give Microsoft much legal traction in other arenas.