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August 25, 2006

MSFT files annual report

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano at 2:38 PM

Microsoft's annual report hit the SEC this afternoon. You can read it here.

It's 97 pages long, vs. last year's 81 and 156 in 2004.

From the top, Microsoft strikes an optimistic tone regarding its legal woes, among other things:

We believe that over the past few years we have laid the foundation for long-term growth by delivering innovative new products, creating opportunities for partners, improving customer satisfaction, putting many of our most significant legal challenges behind us, and improving our internal processes.

More: Microsoft also moderated its description of what the forthcoming Windows Vista operating system will deliver. In last year's filing, Microsoft said it was expecting its "significant" investment in Vista to yield "the most manageable and powerful operating system product ever released by Microsoft for both our business and consumer markets." This year, its "major" investment is expected to result "in a significantly more manageable and powerful PC operating system than previously released by Microsoft."

Last year, the features weren't finalized at the time the 10-K was filed, but Microsoft predicted "significant advances in security, digital media, user interfaces, and other areas". Now, Vista will include simply "advances" in those things.

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