Microsoft stumbles into crucial financial year

Posted by jhansonxi on Jul 8, 2012 1:04 AM EDT
Yahoo!/Reuters; By Bill Rigby
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The world's largest software company, whose stock remains mired around $30, had prepared a multi-pronged assault to try and break into the crucial mobile computing space this year and take Apple Inc and Google Inc down a peg.

But on Monday, it announced a $6.2 billion writedown of a 2007 Internet-advertising acquisition - a reminder that Microsoft has a patchy track record when it ventures outside of its Windows and Office comfort zone.

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