Microsoft posts first losses, ever!
Microsoft have, for the first time in its history, made a first quarterly loss after it wrote off the value of its online advertising business. Gates' company wrote down the value of Aquantive by $6.2bn (£3.94bn), which failed to do the business Microsoft hoped for.
This led to a $492m loss in the three months to the end of June, compared with a profit of $5.9bn a year ago. This is the first loss posted since Microsoft floated for the first time in 1986.
Of course, Microsoft are doing just fine elsewhere, but this will be of some concern as there's been an obvious decline in popularity of the Windows operating system and their smartphones haven't exactly set the world alight.
However, the launch of Windows 8 still has the market interested and Microsoft themselves reckon that this latest update is the most important redesign in more than 10 years. It launches in October, roughly at the same time as their Surface tablet.