The deal with Microsoft (MSFT) - Get Report was supposed to be that regardless of its legal entanglements with the Justice Department and the state attorneys general and the federal bench, the software giant would keep pumping out world-beating performance on the top and bottom lines.


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Thursday reported the usual upside surprise on quarterly earnings per share, but its revenue fell short of most expectations, and it issued a "guarded" near-term outlook. That knocked the company's shares down in after-hours trading and led no less a loyalist than's

James J. Cramer to sell his firm's whole Microsoft stake.

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