http://de.finance.yahoo.com/q?d=v1&s=msft&m=a Microsoft Considers $10 Billion Shareholder Payout -FT Affiliate Thursday July 3, 8:53 pm ET SINGAPORE -(Dow Jones)- Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - News) is considering paying its shareholders a special dividend of more than $10 billion to reduce its $46 billion cash pile, the Financial Times reported on its Web site Friday, citing its sister paper, Les Echos. Shareholders would receive the dividend in a one payment of "significantly more than $10 billion" or spread over three or four quarters, according to a person close to the discussions, FT reported. Microsoft has come under pressure from shareholders to unlock its war chest as its shares have lagged and cash holdings have grown. The dividend, which would be the largest corporate payout ever, is one of a number options Microsoft is looking at, the FT's sister paper, Les Echos, has learned. The other options include a buyback, acquisitions and higher ordinary dividends. A decision is expected by the end of the year, the report said.