Microsoft may not be sitting on the throne of the tech world like they were in the ’90s, but they’re making big moves to try to get back there. They’ve just announced a $40 billion stock buy-back program and raising their quarterly dividends 22%. They’ve also made some significant changes to their Bing search engine. Taken together with other recent announcements, these moves suggest that Microsoft is confident about its future, even as it enters uncharted waters.
The other big moves Microsoft has undergone or announced recently include buying Nokia’s phone business, CEO Steve Ballmer announcing his impending departure, and a major company-wide restructuring plan.
While the company might have a long way to go before they can be considered a company that’s driving the future of the tech world again–like Apple, Amazon, Google, or Facebook–they’re not resting on their laurels. It will be interesting to see how these announcements shake out over the coming years.