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[News] [Rival] Company That Microsoft Wasted $6 Billion on is Falling Apart (Exodus)

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Company That Microsoft Wasted $6 Billion on is Falling Apart (Exodus)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 12:27:42 +0100
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Former aQuantive execs bolt from Microsoft 2 years after deal

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| The aQuantive exodus from Microsoft continues. Just yesterday, we reported 
| that Karl Siebrecht -- the former president of aQuantive's Atlas unit -- 
| planned to leave Microsoft to join Seattle online advertising startup AdReady. 
| Now, we've received word that three other former aQuantive execs who held 
| general manager titles at the software giant -- Aaron Easterly, Brian Handly 
| and Brent Turner -- also gave notice last week. And one of those execs has 
| already landed a new job at a Seattle online advertising company
| [...]
| Microsoft has lost some other key employees who came over in the aQuantive 
| deal, most notably former aQuantive CEO Brian McAndrews who announced his 
| plans to join Seattle's Madrona Venture Group on August 13th. (That was 
| exactly two years after the aQuantive deal closed).



Publicis to Buy Microsoft's Razorfish

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| French advertising company Publicis Groupe SA has agreed to acquire Microsoft
| Corp.'s digital ad firm, Razorfish, in an effort to grab more of the ad
| dollars that are flowing to the Web.


Microsoft layoff details emerge

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| More details are emerging today about the Microsoft groups affected, and
| spared, in the company's latest round of job cuts. The company isn't going
| into detail, but blogs and forums are providing plenty of evidence. Layoffs
| are reported to have taken place in groups including MSN Direct, the Massive
| in-game advertising unit, and MSDN Magazine, among others.


Microsoft crimps products after second wave of job cuts

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| Microsoft is reining in several of its products following the company's
| second round of lay-offs that kicked off on Tuesday.
| [...]
| Similarly, MSN Direct - which provides weather, traffic and other services to
| devices such as in-car map systems - is also under review.


Report: Microsoft Guts In-Game Advertising Unit In Layoffs

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| Roughly seventy-five percent of the staff at Microsoftâs Massive in-game
| advertising unit was laid off in Tuesdayâs round of job cuts, according to
| VentureBeat.


Microsoftâs Massive in-game ad business takes hits among 3,000 overall layoffs

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| Microsoft announced a new round of layoffs today as it struggles to right
| itself after reporting tepid results last month. Weâve learned that Massive,
| the companyâs in-game advertising business, suffered something like 75
| percent layoffs.


Microsoft rumours confirmed

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| Industry rumours were set to rest when Microsoft confirmed a number of
| changes to its staffing.
| According to Microsoft the restructure will affect a small, but unspecified,
| number of jobs and is part of the efficiency drive announced by Chief
| Executive, Steve Ballmer earlier this year. It follows job cuts that occurred
| earlier this month.
| A Microsoft spokesperson said: âAs part of this effort, we are making some
| changes in New Zealand.â


Microsoft Loses NZ Government Windows Deal


New Zealand cancels Microsoft talks


Kiwis turn down Microsoft.


Kiwis give Microsoft the finger


Are there more layoffs in Microsoft's future?

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| That inaudible clause, according to my notes, was âI donât see any potential
| for us to lower our expenses for the rest of this year.â
| So does all that mumbo-jumbo translate to no more layoffs? Probably â at
| least for the rest of this calendar year. But not definitivelyâ.


Microsoft profits down by a third

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