Microsoft’s press release verbatim:
Microsoft Executives to Make Significant Company Announcement
Details of the announcement will be provided during a press teleconference.
REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 21, 2008
• Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp.;
• Ray Ozzie, chief software architect;
• Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Server and Tools Business; and
• Brad Smith, senior vice president and general counsel for Legal and Corporate Affairs.
Note: This announcement is not about Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Yahoo! Inc. It will not be discussed during this call.
• 8:30 a.m. PST (17:30 CET) to 9:15 a.m. PST (18:15 CET), Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008
Full press release here.
MacDailyNews Take: Medium Ass Table? Public apology to Apple and the world for copying various Mac OSes so poorly for all these years? Whatever it is, pray that Ballmer remains CEO!
MacDailyNews Note: Mark Cotton reports for Thomson Financial News that “Microsoft will most likely announce it has agreed to a settlement with the European Union over complaints that it has restricted interoperability between personal computers running its operating system and central computers running non-Microsoft server software, according to Cowen & Co analysts. The broker said it bases its view on the fact that Bob Muglia, who is responsible for SVP, server and tools, will be present at the press conference.”
“‘Some meaningful monetary settlement is already embedded in the consensus view as the news on this front has been bad for the last 12 months,’ the broker said, pointing to a lost second to final appeal by Microsoft last summer,” Cotton reports.
Full article here.
[UPDATE: 11:42am EST: Microsoft’s big news: promises to expand interoperability, increase openness of key products – February 21, 2008]