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Microsoft Corp. Reports Earnings Results for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2015; Provides Effective Tax Rate Guidance for the Fiscal 2015; Provides Capital Expenditure Guidance for the Third Quarter of Fiscal 2015

Microsoft Corp. reported earnings results for the second quarter of 2015. For the quarter, the company reported earnings of $5.86 billion. The company had profit of 71 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for pretax expenses and restructuring costs, came to 77 cents per share. The company posted revenue of $26.47 billion in the period. Operating income declined 2%, which included $243 million of integration and restructuring expenses. Excluding that, operating income grew 1%. GAAP earnings per share was $0.71, which included a $0.02 negative impact from integration and restructuring expense and a $0.04 income tax charge for an IRS audit adjustment. Foreign exchange had a $0.01 negative impact on EPS. Capital expenditures were $1.5 billion, driven primarily by investments to increase capacity as expanded existing and added new data centers, as well as made server purchases in support of fast-growing cloud business. The company expects full year 2015 tax rate to be between 22% and 24%. This includes the second quarter income tax charge for an IRS audit adjustment as well as the changing geographic mix of business. For third quarter of fiscal 2015, the company expects capital expenditures to sequentially increase in support of growing cloud business.

Microsoft Offers Windows 10 Operating System

Microsoft announced that it would offer its new Windows 10 operating system, expected to be released this year, free to existing customers, a shift aimed at winning over more software developers to its technologies. The company said people using Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 would be able to update their computers to Windows 10 free for the first year after the new software is introduced. It will make the same offer for people who use Windows Phone 8.1, the latest version of its operating system for mobile phones.

ITUS to Appeal Microsoft Patent Ruling from 2014

ITUS is appealing the claims construction ruling from last October in its patent infringment lawsuit against Microsoft saying it believes the district court interpreted its patent in a "limited" manner. ITUS subsidiary Secure Web Conference has filed a notice of appeak with the US District Court in the Eastern District of New York the first step in the process of filing its appeal in the federal US Court of Appeals. Secure Web alleged in the lawsuit that certain calls made using Microsoft's Skype and Lync web conferencing services are covered by its own key based web conferencing encryption patents.

Harmonic, Inc. Adopts Microsoft PlayReady's DRM Technology for OTT Multi-Screen Security

Harmonic Inc. has integrated its ProMedia Origin and ProMedia X Origin multiscreen media servers with Microsoft PlayReady digital rights management, or DRM, technology for content access protection. By supporting PlayReady, Harmonic's ProMedia Origin and ProMedia X Origin provide video content and service providers with a versatile and scalable content protection solution for the secure deployment of live and time-shift TV, cloud DVR and VOD OTT services on a wide range of connected devices, ranging from mobile phones and tablets to game consoles to net top and set-top boxes. Utilizing Harmonic's ProMedia Origin solutions with Microsoft PlayReady, video content and service providers can distribute secure content to a wide range of devices via a single DRM technology. Streamlining the OTT multiscreen ecosystem to a unified DRM technology significantly reduces the time to market for high-value video services while minimizing workflow complexity and points of failure. Microsoft's PlayReady technology includes a variety of features for live TV applications including key rotation, which is designed to provide more robust content protection for OTT multiscreen services, while simplifying operations, minimizing service interruption, and reducing costs. ProMedia Origin and ProMedia X Origin are software-based all-in-one media servers that support the OTT standard protocols, such as Apple HLS, Adobe HDS, Microsoft Smooth Streaming, and MPEG-DASH, to enable high-volume, live, adaptive bitrate streaming and the delivery of time-shifted services such as catch-up TV, start-over TV, and cloud DVR to connected devices. By providing video content and service providers with a comprehensive multiscreen media server, they dramatically reduce rack space, simplify workflows, and maximize cost savings.

Google In Talks With Softcard

Google Inc. (NasdaqGS:GOOGL) is interested in buying Softcard from AT&T, Inc. (NYSE:T), T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE:TMUS) and Verizon Wireless Inc. The price may be under $100 million, according to our sources. Google declined to comment. “We don’t have a comment, background, deep background, off the record steer, nod, wink or any other verbal or non-verbal response to these sorts of rumors,” the company said. PayPal, Inc. and Microsoft Corporation (NasdaqGS:MSFT) have also approached Softcard.

 

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