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Microsoft today announced their Q2 2014 financial results with record revenue driven mainly by sales of Xbox One and Surface hardware businesses. I’ve collected the highlight of each financial segments from Microsoft’s Investor website which you can read below. Devices & Consumer Licensing: D&C Licensing revenue decreased $319 million or 6%, due mainly to lower revenue from licenses of Windows and Consumer Office, offset in part by increased Windows Phone revenue. Retail and other sales of Windows declined $264 million or 69%, due mainly to the release of Windows 8 in the prior year. Windows OEM revenue declined $109 million or 3%, reflecting a 12% increase in OEM Pro revenue, offset by continued softness in the consumer PC market. Consumer Office revenue declined $244 million or 24%, reflecting the transition of customers to Office 365 Home Premium as well as continued softness in the consumer PC market. Windows Phone revenue ...

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Microsoft today announced Q2 2014 financial results with record revenue of 424.52 billion and a net income of $6.56 billion. Microsoft said that double-digit growth in Commercial and Devices and Consumer segments helped reaching record revenue. Read the full press relapse below. REDMOND, Wash. — January 23, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $24.52 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. Gross margin, operating income, net income, and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $16.24 billion, $7.97 billion, $6.56 billion, and $0.78 per share, respectively. The following table reconciles these financial results reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) to non-GAAP financial results. We have provided this non-GAAP financial information to aid investors in better understanding the company’s performance. “Our Commercial segment continues to outpace the overall market, and our Devices and Consumer segment had a great holiday quarter,” said Steve Ballmer, chief ...

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Microsoft is now pushing the boundaries of two things together, console gaming and the HTML5 web. Traditionally, consoles are used to play games that occupies over GBs of storage on your harddisk. HTML5 web is used to develop web and mobile apps that are lightweight. Microsoft is now connecting the console and the HTML5 web with the new XBOXIE initiative. Now, you can play web based HTML5 games on your Xbox One using your controller through Internet Explorer which is built into Xbox One OS. Microsoft is showcasing the games that support Xbox One controller on XBOXIE.com. FAQ: What is XBOXIE? With The Xbox One having Internet Explorer as a browser means you have access to play Web based HTML5 games. XBOXIE stands for “Xbox” and “IE” (Internet Explorer) and is pronounced  “Xboxy”. Why use this site? Even though the Xbox One can play HTML5 games it doesn’t mean developers ...

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Rockstar Consortium, a patent holding company jointly owned by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft and Sony was formed when Nortel’s patents were open for bidding. Rockstar won the bidding and it is now in the process of striking licensing deals with other companies to give back the money to its founders. Last year, Rockstar Consortium and its MobileStar Technologies subsidiary sued Google, Huawei and other Android OEMs for violating its patents. Google even submitted their response to court regarding this patent case. Today, FOSS Patents reported that Huawei has settled with Rockstar Consortium and decided to drop the patent case in the court. While the motion to dismiss does not explicitly state that the parties have settled, it would be utterly unrealistic to believe that Rockstar would let Huawei use those patents without a royalty-bearing license. Whatever the basis of this settlement may be, a “freebie” it’s certainly not. This is ...

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Yesterday we posted screenshots of early Windows 8.1 2014 Update builds. It revealed one noticeable feature that many were complaining about, you can now pin Windows Store apps to taskbar. If you are among the millions of people who spend most of the time on classic desktop screen and rely on couple of Metro apps, this is a great feature. As you can see in the screenshot above, Windows Store app is pinned to the taskbar. Apart from that, the pinned Windows Store apps in taskbar also supports thumbnail previews. As you can see in the below screenshot, PC Settings page content is displayed in the taskbar preview. Microsoft is expected to release Windows 8.1 update 1 later this year in the coming months. May be, we will have a preview of that at BUILD conference in April. Source: Win8China ...

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Have you ever had a bad dream of someone eavesdropping your private conversations through your browser? Yes, it may happen to be true if you are a victim of a Google Chrome bug. By taking advantage of this bug in Google Chrome, malicious sites can activate your mic on your device, and listen in on anything said around your device, even after you’ve closed those sites. Yes, Google was made aware of this bug and they have not fixed it yet. Here is how it works, A user visits a site, that uses speech recognition to offer some cool new functionality. The site asks the user for permission to use his mic, the user accepts, and can now control the site with his voice. Chrome shows a clear indication in the browser that speech recognition is on, and once the user turns it off, or leaves that site, Chrome stops listening. So ...

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Dell announced Dell Venue 11 Pro Windows tablet last year and it remained out-of-stock most of the time. Dell Venue 11 Pro is a versatile tablet that can be configured with various specs to suit your needs. It is available with CPU options including Intel Pentium 3560Y, Core i3 4020Y, Core i5 4210Y and Core i5 4300Y, storage upto 256GB SSD, RAM upto 8GB. It also features swappable battery. Wifi options upto Intel 7260AC Dual-Band 2×2 802.11 ac, 3G/LTE options, two different keyboard accessories and an optional active stylus. Dell Venue 11 Pro i5-7130BK is now on sale at Microsoft Store with the following specs for $899. Intel Core i5-4210Y Processor 1.5 GHz Windows 8.1 128 GB Flash Memory, 4 GB RAM Memory 10.8 Inch full HD Display 2 MP HD webcam front, 8 MP back cameras Waves MaxxAudio 3 10 hours battery life. Find it here from Microsoft Store. ...

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Microsoft has quietly updated their Office Web Apps suite with a new flatter UI that is more optimized for touch screens. The new look has UI controls spaced apart than before and also offers completely flat buttons. Microsoft has also given a new header with a prominent share button on the right end. There is also a new search box in the ribbon that allows you to search “Tell me what you want to do” kind of queries. You can type bold, find & replace and more to get suggestions and select appropriate choices. There is also a new feature to add footnotes & endnotes. Tell Me We all have that Word moment when we know what we want to do, but don’t quite remember how to do it. ‘How do I apply double spacing?’ ‘How do I make this page horizontal?’ Do these questions seem familiar? Nothing to be ...

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In an interview to Financial Times, Brad Smith, general counsel of Microsoft revealed that Microsoft will allow its foreign customers to store their data outside the US to protect it from illegal invasion of US government agencies like NSA and others. Even though many other tech companies are opposing this idea, Brad Smith feels that this has become a necessity following leaks that showed the US NSA had been monitoring the data of foreign citizens from Brazil to across the EU. “People should have the ability to know whether their data are being subjected to the laws and access of governments in some other country and should have the ability to make an informed choice of where their data resides,” he told the FT. “Our entire industry is concerned that some customers outside the US are feeling less confident with [American] online services today,” Mr Smith said. “Technology today requires that people ...

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Microsoft is always looking forward to attract more developers to its Windows platform and the recent App Builder rewards program is one of the ways in which it is trying to lure new developers. Join App Builder Rewards and you could win one of 28 Dell Venue 8 Pro tablets. Here is how it works, Join App Builder Rewards and enter your Windows Store apps to the Apps Quest. If your app has less than 100 downloads when you complete the Quest between January 21st and February 28th, you’ll get a $15 Windows Store gift card.** Use the members-only App Promotion Kit, Windows Store gift card and AdDuplex advertising impressions to reach 100 downloads before the end of February and earn your chance to win one of 28 devices. Want to increase your odds?  The more apps that get 100 downloads by Feb. 28th, the more App Builder Rewards points ...

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Microsoft has recently partnered with video streaming company NeuLion to bring the high-speed streaming service to Xbox One. Microsoft is planning to use NeuLion to deliver the NFL Network, live, on the Xbox On at 60 frames per second. This is double the frame rate of a typical Sports networks, including ESPN. Apart from around-the-clock live sports programming, Xbox One users will also have access to on demand coverage and live status updates. Chris Wagner, executive vice president and co-founder of NeuLion commented that Microsoft’s Xbox One is among the first consoles that has a power to process video at 60 fps. If you have a slow internet, then the stream will be adapted automatically based on your internet speed. Neulion does the encoding and transcoding for the NFL live streams delivered to Xbox One. Wagner said the company provides seven profiles that range from 6 Mbps, at 1280 x 720, at 60 fps at the ...

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The Weather Channel app in Windows Store got recently updated and completely revamped.  The new app helps you in accessing the most accurate weather forecast available. It now features detailed weather forecasts, severe weather alerts and more. Highlights in the new update include: -Improved location management -Severe weather alerts -Enhanced video player and content -Updated live tile with location and improved info -Additional details on the current forecast section (humidity, wind, etc.) -Easier ability to check past weather data -Bug fixes and performance improvements -Enhanced integration with Bing Maps Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of v6.13 of Skype for Windows desktop. This updated version fixes the issue which caused high CPU usage when Skype for Windows desktop is running with Chrome as your default browser. Also Skype team has fixed few other bugs including enhanced stability during both group video call and in High DPI mode. Skype Desktop features the following, Calling: Stay in touch. Make free Skype to Skype calls or call mobiles and landlines home and abroad at low rates. Video: Seeing is believing. Catch up face to face or get a whole group together on a video call. Messaging: At your fingertips. You’re always in the loop with instant messaging, voice messaging and sending texts. Sharing: Share your world. Send photos, videos and files of any size. Get that secret recipe off grandma in seconds. Download Skype for Windows desktop 6.13 for free. Source: Skype ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of the Windows 8.1 business user guide package. This user guide package includes a range of guides and video tutorials that will help enterprise users take full advantage of Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 Quick Guide for Business – for online distribution Windows 8.1 Quick Guide for Business – raw files for printing Windows 8.1 Power User Guide for Business Windows 8.1 how-to video tutorials – A series of short videos (~4 minutes each) designed to educate business end-users on basic Windows 8.1 features and capabilities via guided, step-by-step instruction. Each video consists of real-world business scenarios, a full-screen demo with touch, mouse and keyboard guided by a voiceover providing additional information. These videos can be used as self-learning tools for your users and facilitate Windows 8.1 adoption. You can download the Windows 8.1 business user guide package from the Windows Enterprise site |Resources |Training. Microsoft also noted that this ...

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Bill Gates yesterday took part in the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to talk about his foundation work and more. He wanted to promote his website, GatesLetter.com, with a viral video. This viral video was aired on TV and you can watch it above. http://www.GatesLetter.com is a new URL to 2014 Gates Annual Letter which talks about 3 myths that affects growth of developing nations. 3 MYTHS THAT BLOCK PROGRESS FOR THE POOR By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been. People are living longer, healthier lives. Many nations that were aid recipients are now self-sufficient. You might think that such striking progress would be widely celebrated, but in fact, Melinda and I are struck by how many people think the world is getting worse. The belief that the world can’t solve extreme poverty and disease isn’t just mistaken. It is harmful. That’s why in this ...

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Microsoft today launched a new marketing campaign called Rethink  that will showcase how Internet Explorer is helping to create a web that is fast, beautiful, and perfect for touch. In the past two years, Microsoft has partnered with no.of companies and even build no.of project by themselves to promote IE and to showcase the power of the modern web. They are now trying to bring it all together. Rethink is about where the Web has come from and where it can go with a modern browser like Internet Explorer. We’ve taken a different approach than others by helping create experiences that work well not only with Internet Explorer but across any modern browser and device. People expect their browser to be fast and so do we. But that’s not enough, we’ve also built the best touch-first browser for your tablet. And we’ve made real progress over the past two years ...

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