About the author  ⁄ Suril Amin

Suril is a scientist, journalist and obsessive Microsoft observer. He holds an advanced degree in Biotechnology with minors in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology. Send him tips on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/surilamin

In recent years, Microsoft has had a rich history of being quite friendly to their competitors.  For years now, the IE team has been sending cakes & cupcakes to the Mozilla Firefox team with every major release of their browser.  More recently Microsoft has been extending their services on other platforms such as iOS and Android and ensuring interoperability with other browsers such as Firefox & Chrome.  Early this morning the Xbox team sent out a congratulatory note to Sony via twitter for a successful PS4 launch. I suspect we will see a similar tweet from Sony next week, when the Xbox One is finally launched.   Our friend Tom Warren, jokes about the feelings of fanboys with this act of kindness… Have any of you picked up a PS4? Please share your experience so far in the comments below… Source: Twitter ...

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South Park is an animated American comedy television show which often weighs in on current cultural issues.  They had a rather humorous take on fanboys of the Xbox One and PS4.  The PS4 just launched, and the Xbox One will launch next.  I suspect many of our readers will be spending their Thanksgiving holiday on the Xbox One or PS4.  Please take some time to spend with your family :p via Tom Warren ...

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This is the first part in a series of 5 posts, in which we will take a very brief look at each of the potential candidates for Microsoft’s next CEO.  This will not be an analysis if the individual is the right person for the job, but just some background information and career highlights.  Each of the candidates go through a very thorough vetting process by the board, below is a brief glimpse at some of the information they may be looking at. Satya Nadella is the only Indian and youngest candidate in the running for the next CEO at Microsoft.  He has a reputation for driving people to work hard and demands excellence.  Outside of work, he is said to be a sweet and charming individual, which has earned him the nickname Satya “Nutella” due to his chocolate brown skin color.  Some observers have also mentioned a transformation in ...

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Five candidates have made the next round in search for Microsoft’s next CEO, we knew four of them: Alan Mulally Stephen Elop Tony Bates Satya Nadella We now know the fifth.  Microsoft COO Kevin Turner. Three of the five candidates are current Microsoft executives.  As Ballmer previously stated, Elop should also be considered an internal candidate.  Mulally currently serves as CEO of Ford. Source: Dina Bass – Bloomberg ...

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All Things D reports that corporate VP for Skype & Lync Mark Gillet is leaving Microsoft for an unspecified company. Gillett, who is responsible for Skype’s product, engineering and operations worldwide, has been with the online telephony company for several years, including before Microsoft bought it. Previous to that, he worked at private equity giant Silver Lake in Europe. Now this may be notable because it may mean Tony Bates could be out of the running for CEO. Source: AllThingsD ...

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Microsoft has released a reliability update for Internet Explorer 11 that applies to the following operating systems: •Windows 8.1 •Windows 8.1 Enterprise •Windows 8.1 Pro •Windows RT 8.1 •Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter •Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials •Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation •Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Details regarding what the patch fixes exactly are not available at this time, but the patch is available through Windows Update.  You cannot install this patch if you are running the Windows 8.1 Preview. Source: Microsoft ...

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Update: Microsoft wasn’t kidding when it said limited quantities, it’s out of stock already Today Microsoft has made the Surface Docking Station available for sale for $199.  The dock is currently only available in limited quantities but will be more broadly available in 2014.  The dock supports the original Surface Pro and the Surface Pro 2 as well.  Technical specifications: One USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 ports connect to multiple devices and peripherals Plug in an external monitor using the Mini DisplayPort. Multiple monitor support is coming soon to Surface Pro 2 (via DisplayPort 1.2 daisy chaining). Charges the Surface Pro/Surface Pro 2 battery and any connected peripherals Dimensions: 316 X 107 X 91mm Purchase: Surface Docking Station Source: Mary Jo Foley ...

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Longtime tech enthusiast, Microsoft & Nokia fan WinRUs (as he is known by his twitter handle) is also a true Bing fan.  He posted some pictures of his new license plate which reads “BING IT.”  I think Microsoft is set on keeping Bing long term, and his investment will fare better than the guy who got the Zune tattoo.  Personally, I’m a huge fan of and Bing use it as my primary search engine. The smart car the license plate is going on Picture of the plate on the smart car Close up of the license plate Mr. WinRUs Trolling with a Microsoft shirt in front of the Apple Store Source: WINS-Я-US ...

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Microsoft today announced revenue of $18.53 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2013. Gross margin, operating income, net income, and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $13.42 billion, $6.33 billion, $5.24 billion, and $0.62 per share. Microsoft stock is up over 7% in after hours trading. These financial results reflect the deferral of $113 million of revenue primarily related to Windows 8.1 Pre-sales.   Three Months Ended September 30, Percentage Change (In millions, except per share amounts and percentages) Revenue Operating income Diluted EPS Revenue Operating income Diluted EPS 2012 As reported (GAAP) $16,008 $5,308 $0.53       Revenue deferred for Windows Upgrade Offer, Windows 8 Pre-sales, and Office Offer $1,356 $1,356 $0.13       2012 As adjusted (non-GAAP) $17,364 $6,664 $0.65       2013 As reported (GAAP) $18,529 $6,334 $0.62 16% 19% 17% Revenue deferred primarily related to Windows 8.1 Pre-sales $113 $113 $0.01 ...

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As part of a fun publicity stunt Microsoft has created a massive 27 feet wide and 17 feet high, 383-inch Surface tablet at one of London’s biggest tourist attractions, Trafalgar Square.  The Surface sits next to the famous Nelson Column dwarfing over most of the other historical monuments in the square.  It took Microsoft around 12 hours to build it.  A giant purple type cover 2 has been attached to the Surface with actual working keys.  The public and nearby school children from the Soho Primary School have been playing with the Surface and the type cover.  As part of a contest Microsoft is giving away some Type Covers to those who take a picture with the giant Surface. Source: Microsoft UK Feature Image Credit: T.C. ...

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Microsoft has been a strong supporter of 3D printing.  The company developed a 3D printer class driver for Windows 8.1 and carries select 3D printers at all of its Microsoft stores. On September 5th, 2013, The Maker Garage hosted their biggest Science Fair ever, showcasing grassroots innovations from hardware projects around Microsoft, and commemorated the opening of the new Maker Garage space with Chris Anderson coming to speak about how the maker movement is transforming our world. ...

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Windows 8.1 includes new advertising capabilities that will help developers monetize their apps. Specifically,  Windows 8.1 includes a unique identifier that can be used to improve the quality and relevance of advertisements displayed within Windows Store apps while providing other services such as analytics and app-discovery. The advertising ID was also created with privacy in mind and consumers can control when it is on or off. Today Microsoft has made available the software development kits (SDKs) that leverage the advertising ID from: Microsoft Advertising, with an updated version of Ad SDK (version # 8.1.30909) available in Visual Studio 2013 GA. MediaBrix, for their Breakthrough Moments™ (BTMs) cross-platform technology, which reaches game players at natural, critical points in gameplay where people are most receptive to brand messages. LeadBolt for their mobile app discovery, advertising, and monetization platform, using AppFireworks for actionable analytics and a cross promotion platform. These SDKs will better ...

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Our very own Pradeep penned an excellent post yesterday: Reality Distortion Field: How Apple Assaulted Microsoft At Its Media Event It’s a great look at how Apple distorts the truth and blatantly lies at their press event.  This generally would not be a problem if you have unbiased and responsible press core.  But sadly this is of course not the case, and the majority of tech press has a love for Apple that is second only to their own ego. Apple’s announced yesterday that the next update to their OS, Maverick would be free.  You might think this is the first time a major technology has ever done this, if you ignore Android and Windows 8.1.  Apple also announced that the next iteration to the iWorks suite would be free to with the purchase of new Apple hardware.  Reading the mainstream tech press you may think this is the first time a major technology company has made some software ...

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Microsoft has acquired Apiphany—a leading API management delivery platform.  The one year old company is based in Washington D.C. and the terms of the deal were not disclosed.  Steve Martin, general manager of Windows Azure Business and Marketing stated in a blog post: While there is nothing new about app extensibility, cloud computing has rapidly accelerated the use cases for extensibility which has increased the value of the APIs. As you might expect, with expansion and increased value, comes additional work to expose APIs reliably, securely and at scale.  Our newly acquired API management services provide businesses of any size the tools they need to expose particular endpoints while selectively gating access to more sensitive data and services.   We look forward to surfacing API management services within Windows Azure and providing our customers with the technology they need to grow their API ecosystem very soon.  With the acquisition Apiphany ...

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer tried to slow the rollout of its search deal with Microsoft.  Court filings show Mayer questioned Microsoft’s commitment; this is only the latest sign that the two company’s strategic relationship is fraying. A U.S. judge ruled on Monday that Yahoo must adopt Microsoft’s search technology in Taiwan and Hong Kong under their partnership, forged in 2010, to try and lessen Google dominance in search advertising. The ruling, which comes roughly two months after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced plans to retire within 12 months, hints at a widening gulf between the two companies at a time when both are re-setting their strategies and trying to adapt to changing market conditions. Yahoo, who has been critical of the partnership in the past, said it wanted to hold off switching to Microsoft technology in certain markets until Mayer had a chance to discuss the partnership with Ballmer’s successor, ...

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The Internet Explorer team has announced a partnership with Red Bull Media House to bring an immersive freeride mountain biking experience to the web in IE11. The site is part of Red Bull’s ultimate freeride downhill mountain bike contest, Rampage, which took place on October 11-13 in the Southern Utah desert. The event was live streamed over the weekend, allowing users to vote for the winner. The IE team has updated the Rampage site with a beautiful and immersive experience that delivers all of the top highlights from Red Bull Rampage. The site showcases a 3D map of the downhill course, rider bios, videos from the most epic runs, and a “behind the scenes” video. The Red Bull Rampage site takes advantage of the latest web standards like HTML5 and WebGL, demonstrating the real-world possibilities for 3D graphics and providing a great example of what’s possible in a modern browser ...

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