Will Microsoft’s New Agreement Benefit It’s Top Institutional Shareholders?

Microsoft(NASDAQ:MSFT): Microsoft has signed a global patent licensing agreement withFoxconn-parentHon Hai Precision Industry, which protects Hon Hai customers frompatent claimsthat may surface due to use ofGoogle’s(NASDAQ:GOOG) Android and Chrome operating systems.”Foxconn’s clients don’t need to worry about infringing Microsoft’s patents anymore, because Foxconn has signed the agreement for them,” said Vincent Shih, chief legal officer of Microsoft Taiwan Corp. Microsoft has taken to pursuing hardware manufacturers for royalties, rather than focus on Google’s software patents for income.

These institutional firms indicated owning shares of Microsoft Corporationin Q1 2013. They reported owning a total of 517.758 million shares on 03/31/2013. The shares closed at $28.61 on 03/31/2013.

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Here are the ten largest positions in Microsoft Corporation at the end of March 31st, 2013.

Vanguard Group Inc. held 354,084,051 shares on 03/31/2013 worth $10,130,344,915. This brought the portfolio total to 1.11%.

Fisher Asset Management LLCheld 17,225,454 shares on 03/31/2013 worth $492,734,000. This brought the portfolio total to 1.31%.

Parametric Portfolio Associates LLCheld 12,179,719 shares on 03/31/2013 worth $348,461,768. This brought the portfolio total to 1.14%.

Oldfield Partners LLPheld 9,591,638 shares on 03/31/2013 worth $274,368,800. This brought the portfolio total to 13.74%.

Cornerstone Investment Partners LLCheld 9,113,055 shares on 03/31/2013 worth $260,679,000. This brought the portfolio total to 4.19%.

Edinburgh Partners LTD held 6,991,724 shares on 03/31/2013 worth $199,999,000. This brought the portfolio total to 12.17%.

Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc. held 6,183,194 shares on 03/31/2013 worth $176,901,184. This brought the portfolio total to 1.59%.

Hexavest Inc. held 5,971,295 shares on 03/31/2013 worth $170,809,000. This brought the portfolio total to 3.1%.

Schafer Cullen Capital Management Inc. held 5,597,138 shares on 03/31/2013 worth $160,106,000. This brought the portfolio total to 2.04%.

British Columbia Investment Management Corp. held 5,348,005 shares on 03/31/2013 worth $152,980,000. This brought the portfolio total to 1.76%.

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