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Responding to concerns over Windows 8 sales, Morgan Stanley on Thursday downgraded its recommendation on world's leading software firm Microsoft's stock.

Morgan Stanley downgraded its recommendation on Microsoft's stock to Equal Weight - the equivalent of a "hold" recommendation, from it's previously recommendation of Overweight - the equivalent of a "buy" recommendation.

In a research note, the investment banker said it didn't expect a near-term improvement in the global PC market, mainly because corporate sales would weaken.

Microsoft opens its ‘So.cl’ social network beta to general public

After having launched its social networking site `So. cl' to a few individuals for testing in May, software giant Microsoft announced on Tuesday that `So. cl' had now been opened to the general public.

Though So. cl - which is an offshoot of Microsoft's FuSE (Future Social Experiences) Labs, and is essentially the company's "experiment in open search" - has been opened to the public with some additional new features, users should bear in mind the fact that the network is still in beta.

Steve Ballmer: Windows 8 OS and Surface creating “seam” between software and hardware

During the course of a Wednesday meeting at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that a "seam" has been created between software and hardware with the amalgamation between the company's latest Windows 8 OS and its own branded Surface tablet.

About the company's strategy pertaining to the creation of the Surface tablet and the new Windows 8 OS version powering the device, Ballmer said that the mentioned strategic move underscored a decision which Microsoft should have taken much earlier.

Design guru Jakob Nielsen: Windows 8 is a “misguided” product

About Microsoft's late-October-launched Windows 8 OS, user interface (UI) design guru Jakob Nielsen is of the opinion that it is a "misguided" product, and that the Windows 8 UI "smothers usability with big colorful tiles while hiding needed features."

The opinion expressed by Nielsen was based on his observation of 12 "experienced PC users," to whom he had assigned the task of testing out the Windows 8 OS on PCs as well as the Microsoft-branded Surface RT tablets.

NewEgg’s Merle McIntosh: Windows 8 launch was not the “explosion” NewEgg had planned for

During the course of a recent interview, Merle McIntosh - the SVP of product management of NewEgg North America - said that the launch of Microsoft's new Windows 8 OS is not as much of an "explosion" as had been expected, and planned for, by the popular retailer.

Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet reportedly schedule for launch in January 2013

Close on the heels of its successful October 26 launch of its new Windows 8 OS and its Surface RT tablet, software giant Microsoft is now reportedly planning to release the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet models in January 2013.

The Surface Pro tablet will be a follow-up model of Microsoft's own branded Surface RT device - which, incidentally, has already made its way to the official list of "Oprah's Favorite Things 2012" - and has supposedly been developed with the aim of delivering a kind of Windows 8 experience which users will become accustomed to on their desktops and laptops.

Microsoft’s first ever computer – the ‘Surface’ tablet

With the newly-launched Windows 8 operating system underscoring a highly notable attempt by Microsoft to herald a new age of personal computing, the software giant's own branded `Surface' tablet - the first ever computer to be manufactured and sold by the company - clearly shows off the most attractive features of the new OS.

Running the Windows RT version - a special mobile edition of Windows 8 that supports new apps offered via Microsoft -, the Surface tablet boasts an 11-inch screen and a minimalist design which has essentially been developed around a set of online services.

Steven Sinofsky: Windows 8 PCs more cost-effective than Apple's 'recreational' iPad Mini

During the course of a recent conversation with AllThingsD, Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky - chief of the software company's Windows division - said that the newly-launched Windows 8-based laptops and the so-called `ultrabooks' were apparently a much more cost-effective option than Apple's recently-announced smaller tablet - the iPad Mini.

Microsoft offering one free year of Xbox Music to first 100 Surface buyers on launch day

With Microsoft having quickly run out of the pre-order supply of its forthcoming Surface RT tablet, potential buyers of the tablet who have not pre-ordered the device will now have to rush to their nearest Microsoft Store to buy the tablet when it is released on October 26.

To attract potential buyers to make a beeline for the Surface RT tablet at the stores on the launch day, Microsoft has come up with an incentive --- the offer of `free' Xbox Music service for one year!

Microsoft’s quarterly results miss analysts’ estimates

Software giant Microsoft recently reported its quarterly profit and sales figures which failed to meet the expectations of the analysts, largely because of the weak PC demand owing to increasing competition from mobile devices.

The first fiscal quarter figures released by Microsoft showed that the company's net income in the July-September quarter plunged 22 percent year-on-year to $4.47 billion, or 53 cents per share; thereby missing the `56 cents a share' average forecast by analysts in a Bloomberg poll.

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