Will This Complaint Against Microsoft Bother These Top Institutional Shareholders?

A Spanish Linux software group filed a complaint against Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) to the European Commission regarding the company’s controversial implementation of UEFI Secure Boot for its Windows 8 hardware. On Tuesday, the Linux group Hispalinux filed a complaint with the Madrid office of the European Commission, reports Reuters. This complaint focuses on Microsoft’s Windows 8 “certified PC” feature UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) Secure Boot, which has been described by the group as an “obstruction mechanism”. Concerns regarding the UEFI Secure Boot for Windows 8 were raised in 2011 after Linux users questioned whether or not the feature would prevent dual-booting with Linux on Windows 8 machines.

These institutional firms indicated owning shares of Microsoft in Q4 2012. They reported owning a total of 5.761 billion shares on 12/31/2012. The shares closed at $26.49 on 12/31/2012.

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Here are the ten largest positions in Microsoft at the end of December 31, 2012.

Vanguard Group Inc held 343,251,826 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $9,168,255,958. This brought the portfolio total to 1.15 percent.

State Street Corp held 326,015,245 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $8,707,866,895. This brought the portfolio total to 1.26 percent.

Blackrock Institutional Trust Company N.A. held 206,583,446 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $5,517,843,654. This brought the portfolio total to 1.29 percent.

Capital Research Global Investors held 185,461,519 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $4,953,677,003. This brought the portfolio total to 2.36 percent.

Invesco Ltd. held 149,430,083 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $3,991,277,380. This brought the portfolio total to 2.11 percent.

Bank of New York Mellon Corp held 134,373,549 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $3,589,117,371. This brought the portfolio total to 1.27 percent.

Capital World Investors held 130,106,608 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $3,475,147,381. This brought the portfolio total to 1.28 percent.

JPMorgan Chase & Co held 110,841,346 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $2,960,572,250. This brought the portfolio total to 1.03 percent.

Northern Trust Corp held 105,829,897 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $2,826,716,452. This brought the portfolio total to 1.16 percent.

Wellington Management Co LLP held 102,690,425 shares on 12/31/2012 worth $2,742,861,158. This brought the portfolio total to 0.19 percent.

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