3 Tech Stock Stories for a Midweek Download

Microsoft Corporation(NASDAQ:MSFT): Current price $28.83

Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet says that reports from two different forumsfrom this past weekend brought up the possibility that Microsoft could be moving towards permitting users to bypass booting into the Metro-Style Start menu, starting their PCs in desktop mode. A source confirmed that this is probably the plan and added that the company is also mulling the idea of returning the Start button as an option with Windows Blue.

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Facebook (NASDAQ:FB): Current price $26.63

Ad Age says that FB wants its intensely-anticipated video-ad units to be a more-than-$4-million daily business at the inception, so long as its asking price is secured.The firm still needs to finalize the format of the video ads, and it has been offering the product to agencies, endeavoring to lock down commitments for the first available slots in June or July, said three executives who were briefed on the product.The format of the units are not yet 100 percent nailed down, but it is broadly assumed that they will be autoplay, and presented in a video player that expands beyond the main news-feed real estate, to cover the right- and left-hand rails of users’ screens on the desktop version of Facebook,which Ad Age reported in December.

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Workday (NYSE:WDAY): Current price $59.04

Workday launches Workday 19, which is an update that adds more options through which firms can customize fields; debuts an Android native application, and continues to ramp the features required to aggressively push its financial modules.The firm’s update to its core Workday features primarily build on previous improvements, but the big picture is that Workday is putting its development wonks on financial tools, looking at the goal of being the enterprise resource planning company for services-based corporations, which primarily need human resources and financial tools, according to ZDNet.

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