With much of Wall Street reeling from the current banking crisis, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer is lobbying congress to reconsider its refusal to bail out the teetering market.
Ballmer told Reuters on Tuesday that the technology sector, though relatively insulated from the immediate crisis, will still feel major pains should a bailout agreement not be reached.
"I think one has to anticipate that no company is immune to these issues," Ballmer was quoted as saying.
"We have a lot of business with the corporate sector as well as with the consumer sector and whatever happens economically will certainly [affect] Microsoft."
Technology companies were certainly not spared from Monday's carnage, in which the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted by a record 777 points following news of a rejected $700bn bailout plan.
Apple led the sector in losses, hit not only by the market crisis but by a series of disparaging analyst reports which worked to drop the company's stock some 18 per cent.
Although Microsoft did not take the hit as hard as some of its counterparts, the firm took the lead in urging lawmakers to intervene and bail out the market.
"Microsoft strongly urges members of the US House of Representatives to reconsider and to support legislation that will reinstill confidence and stability in the financial markets," general counsel Brad Smith said in a statement.
"This legislation is vitally important to the health and preservation of jobs in all sectors of the economy of Washington State and the nation, and we urge Congress to act swiftly."
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