Review Category : Microsoft

For some good weekend reading, Mary Branscombe has a good story on the history of Internet Explorer. Branscombe got access to many former Microsoft executives who worked on Internet Explorer. While a few years back IE hit a low of under 50% it is beginning to gain marketshare again and is now nearing near 60%. IE11 remains highly competitive especially on touchscreen PCs. Joe Belfiore is now in charge of IE, but since IE7 the public face of the browser had been Dean Hachamovich. Steven Sinofsky and Hachamovich were good friends and Dean reported directly to Sinofsky for many years. They both played an important role in IE’s rehabilitation. Hachamovich went to work for Microsoft Research after Terry Myerson took over Windows. It is interesting to note that IE is also moving a lot faster; IE 10 arrived 18 months after IE 9, IE 11 came along after just a year and ...

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Microsoft has confirmed former HP senior vice president Tony Prophet will be joining Microsoft as the new Windows Marketing Chief: “We can confirm Tony Prophet will be joining Microsoft as corporate vice president, Windows Marketing, reporting to Chris Capossela. Tony will focus on growing the Windows ecosystem and enabling our partners to be more successful building on Windows.” Prophet will join the company in May and is replacing Thom Gruhler, Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Windows. Gruhler took over Tami Reller’s old position after she announced she would be leaving the company. Gruhler is going into hiding under Qi Lu in the Applications and Services group in an unspecified role.  Prophet will report to Chris Capossela who Nadella named as Chief Marketing Officer. Source: ZDNet ...

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Microsoft released its third quarter (Q3) earnings earlier today for fiscal year 2014 (FY14). This is the first quarter under new CEO Satya Nadella. The earnings report contained a number of interesting pieces of information including the fact that Microsoft has paid its $733 million fine from the European Commission. For some brief background on the issue (via etwashoo): The Commission’s preliminary view was that competition was distorted by Microsoft tying Internet Explorer to Windows. This was because it offered Microsoft an artificial distribution advantage not related to the merits of its product on more than 90 per cent of personal computers. Furthermore, the Commission’s preliminary view was that this tying hindered innovation in the market and created artificial incentives for software developers and content providers to design their products or web sites primarily for Internet Explorer. The approved commitments address these concerns. PC users, by means of the Choice ...

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Microsoft released its third quarter (Q3) earnings earlier today for fiscal year 2014 (FY14). This is the first quarter under new CEO Satya Nadella. The earnings report contained a number of interesting pieces of the enterprise side of Microsoft is doing. Windows Azure grew over 150% in the third quarter. Windows volume licensing was up 11% with business customers. Lync, SharePoint, and Exchange, our productivity server offerings, collectively grew double-digits and office commercial revenue was up 6%. Server product revenue up 10%. Total commercial licensing revenue grew 3% to 10.32 billion. SQL server revenue grew 15%. Other commercial revenue was up 31% to $1.90 billion. Commercial cloud revenue grew 101% with Office 365 growing 100% and Windows Azure revenue growing 150%. Gross margins were up 6% to 80% gross margins! All this contributed to commercial revenue of $12.23 billion, up 7%. Compare this to Devices and Consumer with revenue of ...

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Microsoft released its third quarter (Q3) earnings earlier today for fiscal year 2014 (FY14). This is the first quarter under new CEO Satya Nadella. The earnings report contained a number of interesting pieces of information including how Bing is doing. Bing search marketshare grew to 18.6 up 1.7% compared to this quarter last year. Bing continues to gain at the expense of Yahoo now at 10.1% of search marketshare. Bing does power Yahoo and the combined search marketshare equals a total of 28.7%. Google continues to dominate at 67.5%. The rest of search marketshare is split between Ask and AOL. Bing search revenue was up 38%. Microsoft continues to invest in Bing and product is now built into Windows 8 and powers search assistant Cortana on Windows Phone. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft released its third quarter (Q3) earnings earlier today for fiscal year 2014 (FY14). This is the first quarter under new CEO Satya Nadella. The earnings report contained a number of interesting pieces of information including OEM revenue for the quarter. Windows OEM revenue is up 4%. Windows OEM Pro revenue is up 19% driven by businesses moving off Windows XP. However, the non-Pro OEM revenue was down 15%, and 9% excluding China. Windows volume licensing was up 11% with business customers. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft released its third quarter (Q3) earnings earlier today for fiscal year 2014 (FY14). This is the first quarter under new CEO Satya Nadella. The earnings report contained a number of interesting pieces of information including growth for Office 365. Microsoft has added nearly a million customers since January and now has 4.4 million subscribers. The addition of Office on the iPad probably helped boost these numbers. Revenue for the business versions of Office 365 grew over 100% for the quarter and commercials seats doubled over this period of time. Office 365 annual revenue run-rate is now $2.5 billion. Office consumer revenue is up 15%. Microsoft recently announced Office 365 personal, priced at $6.99 a month or $69.99 annually. Subscriber numbers for this service will not be seen until next quarter. It seems transitioning Office to a service appears to be working. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft released its third quarter (Q3) earnings earlier today for fiscal year 2014 (FY14). This is the first quarter under new CEO Satya Nadella. The earnings report contained a number of interesting pieces of information including how the Surface business is doing. Microsoft has been relatively quiet about the Surface business since it had to do a $900 million write-off last year. Compared to last year Surface revenue is up 50% to $494 million. Microsoft also stated they are seeing an increasing mix of second generation (Surface 2) and Surface Pro 2 devices. It appears Microsoft’s investment into tablet hardware is starting to pay off and the Surface may be another multi-billion dollar business for Microsoft next year. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft released its third quarter (Q3) earnings earlier today for fiscal year 2014 (FY14). This is the first quarter under new CEO Satya Nadella. The earnings report contained a number of interesting pieces of information including how many Xbox consoles have been sold. For the quarter, Microsoft sold 2.0 million Xbox consoles. Of the 2 million, 1.2 million were Xbox Ones, and we assume the remaining 800,000 are Xbox 360 units. Transactional revenue on the Xbox was up 17%. Sony is currently leading in the number of consoles sold. Sony recently reported they had sold over 7 million PS4s to consumers, 2 million more consoles than the Xbox One. Sony’s PS4 is currently available in over 57 markets, while the Xbox One is only available in 13. Microsoft will expand the availability of the Xbox One this fall to an additional 26 markets. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today announced revenue of $20.40 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. Gross margin, operating income, net income, and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $14.46 billion, $6.97 billion, $5.66 billion, and $0.68 per share, respectively.     Three Months Ended March 31, ($ in millions, except per share amounts) 2013 As Reported (GAAP) Net revenue recognition for Windows Upgrade Offer, Office Deferral, and Video Game Deferral European Commission Fine 2013 As Adjusted (Non-GAAP) 2014 As Reported (GAAP) %Y/Y (GAAP) %Y/Y (Non-GAAP) Revenue $20,489 ($1,658)       $18,831 $20,403 (0)% 8% Gross Margin $15,702 ($1,658) $14,044 $14,462 (8)% 3% Operating Income $7,612 ($1,658) $733 $6,687 $6,974 (8)% 4% Diluted EPS $0.72 ($0.16) $0.09 $0.65 $0.68 (6)% 5%   “This quarter’s results demonstrate the strength of our business, as well as the opportunities we see in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. We are making good progress in our consumer ...

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Epic games has announced that Engine source for Xbox One is available to subscribers who are registered developers with Microsoft. For now, deploying projects to Xbox One requires compiling source from GitHub using a Windows computer. Since releasing Unreal Engine 4 to the community last month, Epic was working with Microsoft on a process for opening the engine up to all subscribers seeking to build games for Xbox One. All Unreal Engine subscribers who are registered Xbox developers (including members of the ID@Xbox indie program) can receive access to UE4’s complete source code for their respective console platforms, at no extra cost. For the past two years, some of the world’s leading console developers have been using UE4 to build their next-generation games. They are doing some amazing things, and we’re very excited to be able to open up the console code and tools far more widely! We’re also grateful ...

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Microsoft, Facebook, Google and others have formed the Core Infrastructure Initiative which is a multi-million dollar project that is aimed to fund open source projects that are in the critical path for core computing functions. They want to prevent events such as the recent Heartbleed OpenSSL crisis. Read more about it below. What is the Core Infrastructure Initiative? The Core Infrastructure Initiative is a multi-million dollar project to fund and support critical elements of the global information infrastructure. It is organized by The Linux Foundation and supported by Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, RackSpace, and VMware. CII enables technology companies to collaboratively identify and fund open source projects that are in need of assistance, while allowing the developers to continue their work under the community norms that have made open source so successful. The first project under consideration to recieve funds from the Initiative will be OpenSSL, which ...

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We have heard many rumors about the upcoming Surface Mini tablet from Microsoft. One of the main thing was, it will run on Qualcomm Snapdragon processor as opposed to Nvdia Tegra processor in Surface 2. Also, the device was rumored to have a 8-inch device. Another report claimed that the device will be marketed a “consumption-class” device that is also ideal for note taking.  As with the current Surface 2, the Surface Mini is expected to ship with Office.  The Surface Mini will also support an an active digitizer and theoretically could support a Wacom digitizer with the correct drivers.  It may be a pen/stylus similar to that found on the Surface Pro devices. Today, couple of listing of accessories related to Surface Mini was spotted by TechCrunch. VSTN® Microsoft Surface Mini Bluetooth Keyboard Portfolio Case – DETACHABLE Bluetooth Keyboard Stand Case / Cover, only fit Microsoft Surface Mini (For Surface Mini, Black) VSTN ® Microsoft ...

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Microsoft Xbox executive Don Mattrick joined Zynga as its CEO last year. During their earnings call today, Zynga announced that Alex Garden, currently the general manager of Xbox Music, Video and Reading at Microsoft, will become the first president of Zynga Studios, a new role reporting to Mattrick, on May 5. Alex Garden held various positions like General Manager, Xbox LIVE,  General Manager, Xbox Music, Video and Advertising and more at Interactive and Entertainment business at Microsoft. Microsoft has not confirmed his replacement so far. Look out for those details in next few days. Source: Recode ...

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Microsoft today posted a promotional video for Microsoft Surface 2 tablet. This video shows how the founder of Sweet Loren’s Ready-to-Bake Desserts, Loren Brill, uses one device for everything in her life – Surface 2. She used Surface 2 for her productive work on the go by using Office 2013, Skype calls and more. Dual-position Kickstand: The integrated Kickstand features two positions, so you can choose the one that works best for you. On your desk or in your lap, find the perfect viewing angle. Productive apps: Office 2013 RT2 is included with Surface 2. Get touch-optimized versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, and take Surface from plaything to workhorse in an instant. Powerful ports, including USB 3.0: Take Surface to the big screen with the HD video out port.3 The microSD card reader lets you add up to 64GB of extra storage. Connect accessories with a full-size ...

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Microsoft released Office for iPad apps in App Store after much delay. It became an instant hit with over 12 million downloads within weeks after the launch. Apple CEO Tim Cook said during a second-quarter earnings call on Wednesday, “If it had been done earlier, it would’ve been better for Microsoft.” He however acknowledged that Microsoft’s Office is critical software for the iPad, especially in enterprises, and customers are responding well. He also whole heartedly welcomed Microsoft for their move. “I do see that Office is a very key franchise in the enterprise,” “I wholeheartedly welcome Microsoft to the App Store.” Source: Apple ...

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