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Microsoft expected to report first quarterly loss

Financial results to include a $6.2 billion charge reflecting flopped 2007 acquisition

Microsoft is expected to report its first quarterly loss since the company's initial public offering in March 1986.

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The Redmond, Washington-based firm will post its fiscal fourth quarter numbers this evening, and analysts have predicted earnings of more than $5 billion in the three months ended June 31.

However, The Sacramento Bee reports that those are likely to be wiped out by a $6.2 billion charge reflecting Microsoft's 2007 acquisition of online ad service aQuantive, which has failed to help lure internet advertisers away from Google.

Yesterday Microsoft announced a Windows 8 release date of October 26.

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