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Microsoft May Use Cash to Boost Dividend After Lull

Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software maker, may raise its quarterly dividend for the first time since 2008 as its cash hoard swells, data compiled by Bloomberg suggests.

This quarter, Microsoft may boost the dividend to 15 cents a share from 13 cents, giving the company an indicated dividend yield of 2.31 percent, according to the data. That increase would cost the software maker about $700 million a year.