Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft reported its financial quarter results yesterday with record 1st quarter revenue beating expectations. They are now reporting under new financial segments. The most part of the former Online Services Division is now part of Devices & Consumer Other segment. It includes Bing, Xbox Live, Office 365 Home premium and few others. While this division has not started making money, they are now losing money less than before. Here are the highlights of the results, Search advertising revenue up 47% Driven by continued revenue per search improvements and query volume growth Bing U.S. market share at 18.0% up 210 basis points Xbox LIVE transactional revenue, up >25% Over 2 million Office 365 Home Premium subscribers D&C Other revenue increased $235 million or 17% mainly due to higher advertising revenue, which increased $106 million or 13%. While the growth was due to search advertising revenue, display advertising revenue decreased 31%. Microsoft cited that lower ...

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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 posted a new ad to promote its upcoming Xbox One entertainment console. The official Xbox YouTube channel posted this video titled “Invitation”, and it focuses heavily on the gaming experience on Xbox One with a little glimpse of other capabilities like Skype, voice command, etc,. This is just start of the huge marketing effort Microsoft has planned for Xbox One and we will see more of them soon. Microsoft announced Xbox One few months back and started taking pre-orders via various retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft Stores, etc,. Xbox One, the next  will launch on November 22nd, and it has already seen impressive pre-order sales. Check out Xbox One listing page on Amazon here. ...

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During its FY14 Q1 results announced yesterday, Microsoft reported a significant decline in the revenue from its Devices & Consumer Licensing segment. This segment includes Windows OEM licensing, Office for consumers licensing and Windows Phone licensing.  D&C Licensing revenue decreased $335 million or 7%, due mainly to lower revenue from licenses of Windows OEM and Consumer Office, offset in part by increased Windows Phone revenue. Windows Phone revenue increased $102 million, mainly due to increase in patent licensing revenue. Revenue impacted by device market trends Windows OEM revenue Windows OEM Pro revenue, up 6%; second consecutive quarter of growth Windows OEM non-Pro revenue, down 22%; several points better than expected Excluding the impact of China, non-Pro revenue declined 17% Office Consumer revenue Revenue declined although attach increased in the quarter Impact of the shift to Office 365 Home Premium was generally in line with expectations This is expected. Microsoft just ...

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At its earnings reports released yesterday, Microsoft announced that the Surface devices sold more than double the units than previous quarter. Regarding Gross margin, the product costs grew with increased Surface sales and non-product expenses incurred to ready inventory lines for Surface 2 launchAlso they have experienced improved sales and marketing efforts around Surface devices. Earlier this week, Microsoft launched its next generation Surface devices Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 in number of countries around the world. D&C Hardware revenue increased $401 million or 37%, due primarily to Surface revenue of $400 million. The general availability of Surface RT and Surface Pro started October 26, 2012 and February 9, 2013, respectively. D&C Hardware gross margin decreased $242 million or 54%, due to a $643 million or 101% increase in cost of revenue, offset in part by higher revenue. D&C Hardware cost of revenue increased, primarily due to $645 million ...

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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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Both Nokia and Apple announced their new tablet devices a day before. Here is the comparison of both the devices in terms of specs. While both of them have almost similar specs and functionalities with their own merits and demerits, it comes down to price and the platform. Apple’s iPad Air is running on iOS where Nokia Lumia 2520 runs on Microsoft’s Windows RT 8.1. Nokia Lumia 2520 with 32GB storage and LTE costs $499 whereas Apple iPad Air with 32GB storage and LTE costs $729! As you can see, Lumia 2520 offers incredible value for money when compared to iPad Air. Feature Nokia Lumia 2520 Apple iPad Air Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 Apple A7 chip Display size 10.1” 9.7” Display Resolution/Pixel Density 1920 x 1080 // 218 ppi 2048 x 1536 // 264 ppi Size and Dimensions Length: 168 mm Width: 267 mm Thickness: 8.9 mm Weight: 615 g   Length: 240 mm ...

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We are just a month away from Xbox One launch. We are yet to get all the details about it as Microsoft is revealing them every week as we move towards the launch date. A leaked user manual of Xbox One Kinect has revealed the minimum distance requirement to use the sensor. The new minimum distance requirement is just 1.4 meters (over 4.5-feet) which is significantly lower than the previous version of Kinect. So, people who have less space in their home should be happy to hear this! Console/Sensor dimensions: Console (LxWxH): 13.1″ x 10.8″ x 3.1″ 33.3cm x 27.4cm x 7.9cm Kinect 2 (LxWxH): 9.8″ x 2.6″ x 2.63″ 24.9cm x 6.6cm x 6.7cm Kinect cable approx. 9.5 feet (2.9m) long via: NeoGAF Source: Jogos (PDF) ...

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In Windows 8 devices, the Start Screen always had the Desktop tile pinned by default. It allowed users to quickly move in and out of desktop mode from the Start screen. However, Microsoft has a different view on this and the Desktop tile is no longer part of the default tiles pinned in the Start Screen of Windows RT 8.1 devices. Users can always pin it again, but I think it is yet another step from Microsoft to move users away from traditional desktop mode. Microsoft provided the following statement regarding this action, “The only desktop apps without modern versions which run on RT are the Office apps: Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. In order to streamline access to them, we pinned those apps directly to the first page of Start. Clicking any of these takes you directly to that Desktop app. You can also bring up the switch list ...

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When Microsoft announced the 2nd generation Surface device Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, they said that the original Surface RT will remain on sale as a lower end model. However, they confirmed that there will be only one Pro model going forward which is Surface Pro 2. So, the original Surface Pro has got its end of life. In an effort to clearing out its inventories which have older models of Surface Pro, Microsoft today announced a new price cut for the original Surface Pro. Surface Pro 64 GB  – $699 Surface Pro 128GB – $799 Surface Pro 256GB – $999 You can order it here from Microsoft Store. You can get new Surface Pro 2 here and Surface 2 here from Microsoft Store. ...

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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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