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February 5, 2013
09:27 EDTDELL, MSFTDell to be taken private by Michael Dell, Silver Lake at $13.65 per share
Dell (DELL) announced it has signed a definitive merger agreement under which Michael Dell, Dell’s founder and CEO, in partnership with investment firm Silver Lake, will acquire Dell. Under the terms of the agreement, Dell stockholders will receive $13.65 in cash for each share of Dell common stock they hold, in a transaction valued at approximately $24.4B. The buyers will acquire for cash all of the outstanding shares of Dell not held by Mr. Dell and certain other members of management. The Dell board acting on the recommendation of a special committee of independent directors unanimously approved a merger agreement. The merger agreement provides for a so-called "go-shop" period, during which the Special Committee – with the assistance of Evercore Partners – will actively solicit, receive, evaluate and potentially enter into negotiations with parties that offer alternative proposals. The initial go-shop period is 45 days. A successful competing bidder who makes a qualifying proposal during the initial go-shop period would bear a $180M termination fee. For a competing bidder who did not qualify during the initial go-shop period, the termination fee would be $450M. Following completion of the transaction, Mr. Dell, who owns approximately 14% of Dell’s common shares, will continue to lead the company as CEO and will maintain a significant equity investment in Dell by contributing his shares of Dell to the new company, as well as making a substantial additional cash investment. The transaction will be financed through a combination of cash and equity contributed by Mr. Dell, cash funded by investment funds affiliated with Silver Lake, cash invested by MSD Capital, a $2B loan from Microsoft, rollover of existing debt, as well as debt financing that has been committed by BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Credit Suisse and RBC Capital Markets, and cash on hand. There is no financing condition. The transaction is expected to close before the end of Q2 of Dell's FY14.
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March 19, 2015
05:50 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, BlackBerry raises cooperation for software products, DigiTimes says
Microsoft and Blackberry have been increasing their cooperation with other companies to promote sales of software platforms and related services, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, the new eefforts come after their global smartphone market edge dropped 2.8% and 0.6%, respectively. Reference Link
March 18, 2015
10:01 EDTMSFTPolycom and Microsoft announces new series of video collaboration solutions
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09:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target lowered to $46 on rising headwinds at Morgan Stanley
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07:03 EDTMSFTSonus transitions enterprises to Microsoft Skype for business
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05:23 EDTMSFTQihoo 360 announces partnership with Microsoft
Qihu 360 (QIHU) announced a partnership with Microsoft (MSFT) to bring Windows 10, for free, to its customers in China through seamless upgrades. Qihu 360 will enable the Windows 10 upgrade with just a few clicks for their customers with accelerated download speeds. As a result, millions of Qihu 360 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 quickly and easily.
05:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces strategic partnership with Tencent
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05:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces Windows 10 to launch this Summer in 190 countries
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March 17, 2015
11:36 EDTMSFTGoPro Channel app tops 1M downloads on Xbox platform
GoPro (GPRO) announced that The GoPro Channel app has been downloaded over 1M times on the Xbox video game and entertainment system from Microsoft (MSFT). Additionally, users are watching an average of 25 minutes of GoPro videos during each viewing session. The GoPro Channel allows Xbox members worldwide to stream GoPro content on-demand, share favorite videos, and purchase cameras and accessories directly through the console.
09:13 EDTMSFTMSFT announced several partnerships with industry leaders
At Microsoft Convergence 2015, Microsoft (MSFT) announced several new partnerships with industry leaders. Teaming up with Microsoft, Ford Motor (F) will expand connected services for customers around the world with the creation of the Ford Service Delivery Network. Microsoft also announced several partnerships and collaboration agreements with leading companies in sales, field service, digital transaction management and analytics markets. Microsoft and InsideSales.com will offer its complete sales acceleration platform. Microsoft and FieldOne Systems announced their agreement to bring the FieldOne Sky field service management solution into the Microsoft Dynamics global independent software vendor program. DocuSign and Microsoft announced that the two companies will bring DocuSign's Digital Transaction Management platform to Microsoft Dynamics CRM users. Microsoft also announced the acquisition of intellectual property from Fusion Software which will add Voice of the Customer capabilities to Microsoft Dynamics.
09:07 EDTMSFTDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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09:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft exec confirms plans to drop IE brand for new browser, The Verge says
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09:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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09:03 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts, Visceral Games announce availability of Battlefield Hardline
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07:12 EDTMSFTDeutsche Messe to hold a conference
CeBIT 2015 is being held in Hannover, Germany on March 15-20.
March 16, 2015
09:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target lowered to $49 from $52 at UBS
UBS lowered its price target on Microsoft to $49 from $52 citing lower PC demand and foreign exchange headwinds. UBS reiterated its Buy rating on Microsoft shares.
07:32 EDTMSFTUBM Tech to hold a conference
Enterprise Connect 2015 is being held in Orlando, Florida on March 16-19.
March 13, 2015
10:34 EDTMSFTApple joins data center group with Facebook, Microsoft, The Information says
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08:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target lowered to $48 from $58 at Pacific Crest
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07:49 EDTMSFTVideo game hardware sales up 10% in February, software up 7%, Game Informer says
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05:54 EDTMSFTIDC: Worldwide tablet long term growth in low single digits, Digitimes says
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