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Microsoft board boosts dividend, authorizes another $6B in debt

Microsoft's board this afternoon boosted the company's quarterly dividend by 23 percent, to 16 cents per share, attempting to show the company's shareholders additional value from their investment. The dividend had previously been 13 cents per share.

The board also authorized the company to take on up to $6 billion in additional debt. In a report last week predicting both moves, Bloomberg News said the company would use the additional debt for purposes including the ongoing repurchase of its shares...

Microsoft makes Small Business Server 7 public test build available

Microsoft is releasing to interested testers a preview test version of the next version of its Small Business Server, known as “SBS 7,” on September 21.

SBS 7 is one of three new, low-end server offerings in the Microsoft delivery pipeline. The other two are the “Vail” Windows Home Server product (which is in final test phases), and the “Aurora” hybrid cloud/on-premises small-business server, which went to testers in August. Microsoft officials originally planned to deliver the SBS 7 preview in August, but said recently it would be delayed until September...

Windows 7 Momentum Update and Internet Explorer Guidance

Rich Reynolds: For the past several months as I have met with customers all over the world, I received a lot of positive input and feedback related to Windows 7. Customers such as BMW, Expedia, Pella Corporation, and Intel, tell me they are seeing great business value from Windows 7 Enterprise and the Windows Optimized Desktop, which is also reflected in high levels of customer satisfaction. We’re passionate about getting feedback from you to ensure we are engaging with you in the right way and having a positive impact on your business. Please, keep the feedback coming.

During many of these conversations, I get to hear encouraging details about your organization’s Windows 7 plans and the value delivered to both end users and IT professionals. I am equally encouraged by the results from a recent IDC study which shows that nearly all enterprise companies (89%) surveyed are moving forward with their Windows 7 plans within the next 24 months, if not sooner.  And 64% of them are already deploying Windows 7 or have plans to migrate in the next six months. As IDC observes - and my customer conversations reinforce - very strong adoption is underway for Windows 7...