Journalists banned from attending Microsoft’s financial meeting in September

By Jennifer Faull | Deputy Editor

August 27, 2013 | 1 min read

Microsoft has taken the unusual decision to ban all press from attending its financial analysts meeting on September 19.

Steve Ballmer’s recent decision to retire within a year, the massive reorganisation it is undergoing, and its decline in PC sales, have meant interest in the future of the company is at a high.

However, reporters looking to cover the conference will instead have to sit at their desks and watch the webcast online, just as the public does, meaning no pressing questions from outsiders will be asked.

CFO Amy Hood explained the structure this year’s meeting would take: “In late September, we will host a financial analyst event here in Redmond [Microsoft's Redmond Campus, Washington], at which point we will discuss our strategy, our new organisational structure, and any changes to our reporting segments.”

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She added: “We will also give more thoughts on our full-year outlook at that time.”

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