Bubble trouble? Microsoft's £5bn bid to acquire Skype raises the spectre of the dotcom boom and bust
WITH his estimated personal wealth of $14.5 billion (£8.9bn), Steve Ballmer could have bought Skype without dipping into Microsoft's bulging coffers. He might have considered it too, had the board not backed what will be the Seattle software giant's biggest acquisition since the company was founded in 1975.
MICROSOFT yesterday stunned the technology world by announcing plans to buy internet phone service Skype for $8.5 billion (£5.2bn) as it seeks to regain ground lost to rivals Google and Apple.
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Dani Garavelli: Is the Windows operating system a force for good or has it made us slaves to Microsoft?
WHEN a bumptious IT geek called Bill Gates unveiled his plans for a computer operating system that would revolutionise the way ordinary people related to new technology few paid him much heed. In 1985 computers were still largely the preserve of scientists and geeks.
TELECOMS giant Nokia has hired Microsoft high-flyer Stephen Elop to replace its embattled chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo and renew its drive to compete with Apple.
SOFTWARE giant Microsoft is suing a Lothian businessman convicted of selling pirate versions of its software on eBay.
Software giant Microsoft has posted a sharp rise in quarterly profits amid signs of a rebound in technology spending by corporate customers.
MICROSOFT'S tough-talking chief executive Steve Ballmer and his legendary onstage outbursts could soon be yesterday's corporate entertainment.
MICROSOFT has topped Wall Street forecasts with a 35 per cent jump in quarterly profit, boosted by sales of its new Windows 7 operating system.
A MEXICAN billionaire was today ranked as the richest person in the world, the first time the title has been held by a non-American for 16 years.
MICROSOFT is in talks with the Scottish Government about establishing a data centre to bring together information stored by various departments.
MICROSOFT has reinforced its position as the world's dominant software provider after banking $6.7 billion (£4.2bn) of profits in just three months as consumers flocked to buy its latest operating system.
RAYMOND O'Hare, the former director of Microsoft Scotland, has launched his own technology consultancy.
MICROSOFT has lost its chief UK security and risk adviser, former FBI agent Ed Gibson.
THE battle between American technology giants Microsoft and Google for global dominance has spilled into Scotland.
SOFTWARE giant Microsoft said yesterday that it is cutting a further 800 jobs in addition to the 5,000 lay-offs it announced in January.
MICROSOFT is this week expected to take the fight to arch rivals Apple and Google when it launches Windows 7on Thursday.
MORE than 10,000 Hotmail passwords have been hacked and posted online, a technology website reported yesterday.
MICROSOFT will this week unveil an executive from its Irish office as the successor to Raymond O'Hare, who last month announced his decision to resign as director in Scotland.
SOFTWARE giant Microsoft apologised today for altering a photo on its website which changed the race of one of the people shown in the picture.
MICROSOFT and Nokia have announced a partnership to bring advanced business software to smartphones in a bid to rival the popular Blackberry device.
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