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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times reporter Sharon Chan.

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July 16, 2008 10:39 PM

Microsoft Q4 earnings preview

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

Microsoft reports earnings for the fiscal 2008 fourth quarter and full year Thursday. It will also sharpen its forecast for the current quarter and fiscal year against a backdrop of grim developments in the broader economy.

At the same time, the ongoing pursuit of Yahoo could be coming to a climax in two weeks at Yahoo's shareholder meeting. But the drama that has unfolded in the last five and a half months has put an anchor on Microsoft's stock and called the company's online strategy into question.

So what are analysts expecting and watching for Thursday?

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July 16, 2008 5:53 PM

E3: It takes all kinds in the games industry

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

LOS ANGELES -- I got an email yesterday from Bill Dugan of Torpex Games, a collection of video game industry vets who are bootstrapping it in the growing downloadable games market. He had good news: Their game, Schizoid, shipped last week.

As I head home from the E3 Media and Business Summit, Dugan's success was a reminder that the games industry is not all about the blockbuster titles and multi-million dollar marketing extravaganzas like this one.

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July 16, 2008 4:11 PM

E3: A word on the next 'Halo' from a top Microsoft exec

Posted by Mark Watanabe

Brier Dudley points out in his blog today that Xbox boss Don Mattrick told a blogger from MTV's Multiplayer blog that a new version of "Halo," the blockbuster game, is in the works.

Mattrick's remarks came after Bungie Studios, the Kirkland-based developer of the series, canceled an announcement many expected Tuesday at E3.

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July 16, 2008 12:52 PM

Reports: AOL-Microsoft meeting today to advance possible deal talks

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Time Warner and Microsoft are talking more seriously about a possible deal.

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July 16, 2008 3:21 AM

E3: Video: Tour of game art gallery

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

LOS ANGELES -- One feature of our revamped Microsoft Pri0 blog is video. Check out this tour of "Into the Pixel: An Exhibition of the Art of the Video Game" here at E3. Some of the images are beautiful, and very interesting. I think it gives a sense for how the games industry has matured and is a full-fledged, vibrant art form. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.


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