During the earnings call, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke about the Windows OS and the first-party devices and he said that Microsoft is approaching the Windows OS business with a bold, challenger mindset and pushing both the product and business model forward. He highlighted the fact that Windows licenses are zero dollars for any OEM building a device less than nine inches and also added a low-cost Windows offering with Bing integration for OEMs. These changes are expected to bring Windows tablets and clamshells at lower price points. Microsoft is also optimistic about first-party hardware given the early signs from Surface Pro 3’s performance in market. In the coming year, Microsoft will streamline the next version of Windows from three Operating Systems into one, single converged Operating System for screens of all sizes and also Microsoft will unify our stores, commerce and developer platforms to drive a more coherent user ...

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When it comes to Online Services business which included Bing, Microsoft has lost billions of dollars over the years. Despite the loss. Microsoft was more focused on building the business and now Bing has turned to be platform that powers various Microsoft products such as Xbox, Windows, Windows Phone, and many others. At earnings call today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed that they are expecting Bing to be profitable on a standalone basis in FY15. I am pleased to see the progress with Bing now more than 19% U.S. query share and strong RPS Growth. Going forward we will drive our Bing related investments to contribute to the core digital work and life experiences such as Cortana, Smart Search, Delve, Power Q&A and many others. We expect Bing to be profitable, on a standalone basis, in FY16. Also, as you can notice in the slide above, Bing search advertising revenue ...

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In the quarterly earnings results published by Microsoft, it was revealed the Surface sales revenue was down from the previous quarter despite the launch of Surface Pro 3. The revenue was at $409 million down from $494 million last quarter. Gross margin growth was result of the Surface RT $900 million write down last year. Microsoft also confirmed it via quarterly financial results. In the Computing and Gaming Hardware related slide, Microsoft mentioned that current year cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from their transition of production to latest Surface offering and a decision to not ship a new form factor. Read more about it here. ...

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Microsoft was expected to announce a Surface Mini device at an press event on May 20th. But, it never happened as Microsoft chose to announce only the Surface Pro 3 device. Later we reported that Microsoft decided to delay it for some reasons. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft was not confident that the product offered enough differentiation from the competitors to release in the market. There were reports that Surface Mini production was put on hold temporarily. Today, Microsoft confirmed it via quarterly financial results. In the Computing and Gaming Hardware related slide, Microsoft mentioned that current year cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from their transition of production to latest Surface offering and a decision to not ship a new form factor. This new form factor could be the must rumored Surface Mini. Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet recently reported that Microsoft is unlikely to release Surface Mini this ...

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Microsoft today announced its fourth quarter financial results in which it posted a revenue of $23.38 billion. Gross margin, operating income, and diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) for the quarter were $15.79 billion, $6.48 billion, and $0.55 per share, respectively. As Microsoft has completed the acquisition of Nokia Devices and Services business, revenue and cost of revenue from the acquired business, including amortization of intangible assets, are reported in the new Phone Hardware segment. While NDS generated a revenue of $1.99 billion, Microsoft lost $692 million from it. “We are galvanized around our core as a productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world, and we are driving growth with disciplined decisions, bold innovation, and focused execution,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “I’m proud that our aggressive move to the cloud is paying off – our commercial cloud revenue doubled again this year to a $4.4 billion annual run rate.” “Our ...

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Halo: Nightfall is the upcoming live-action digital series from 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions.  The project was executive produced by Ridley Scott and Scott Free TV President, David Zucker. Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Pillars of the Earth,” “Heroes”) will direct. In this series, Mike Colter is playing an important role with the character as Agent Locke. This character will also be featured on the upcoming “Halo 5: Guardians” Xbox game. Variety today published the above first look photo of the character. In the Halo: Nightfall live action digital series, Mike plays an agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) whose team is sent to investigate terrorist activity on a distant colony world and are eventually drawn to an ancient, hellish artifact during their search. Read more at the source link below. Source: Variety ...

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We all know that Forza Horizon 2 racing game is coming to Xbox One in the coming months. Today, Xbox team started to reveal the cars that will be available in the game. Today, they announced the first 100 of the just over 200 cars that will be featured in Forza Horizon 2. They said that these cars have been built from the ground up for this generation with the utmost care and detail, taking full advantage of the power of Xbox One and Forza Horizon 2’s dynamic weather and wide-open world, including new features such as functioning windshield wipers, working headlights and interior lights, and dynamic dirt-mapping. Forza Horizon 2 will feature a huge and diverse lineup of awesome cars to collect, customize, and drive. That means everything from state-of-the-art supercars like our cover car, the 2015 Lamborghini Huracán, to Group B rally legends, monster off-roaders, classic American muscle cars, and much more. Leading ...

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Bloomberg today posted a video revealing the secret labs inside Microsoft in which Surface tablets are designed. Surface team chief Panos Panay and other key Surface team members are featured in the video talking about the design process of Surface Pro 3. Barely tipping the scales at 1.76 pounds, the new 12-inch Surface Pro 3 has all the power and performance of a premium laptop in a thin and lightweight design. Behold the most natural writing and drawing experience on a tablet thanks to the new Surface Pen. Use the Pen to mark up presentations, sign documents, or enjoy art apps. You can also open a blank OneNote document with a click of the Surface Pen to instantly capture your next idea–even if your device is in sleep mode. When Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella defined the future of his company in a memo to his 127,100 employees, he singled out ...

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European Commission started its anti-trust investigations against Google few years back and Google tried to convince EU couple of times with its new proposals and failed miserably. Earlier this year, EC announced that it has obtained an improved commitments proposal from Google in the context of the ongoing antitrust investigation on online search and search advertising. In its proposal, Google then accepted to guarantee that whenever it promotes its own specialised search services on its web page (e.g. for products, hotels, restaurants, etc.), the services of three rivals, selected through an objective method, will also be displayed in a way that is clearly visible to users and comparable to the way in which Google displays its own services. This principle will apply not only for existing specialised search services, but also to changes in the presentation of those services and for future services. Today, Financial Times reported that EC may reopen this draft antitrust ...

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Microsoft OneNote allows users to add information on the web through OneNote web clipper and the email clipper (me@onenote.com). Now, they are further simplifying the process of collecting recipes on the web. When you use the OneNote web clipper or email clipper (me@onenote.com) to clip a recipe, OneNote will now simplify the page down to just the steps, ingredients, and key pieces of information you need most, giving your recipes a simpler, cleaner format in OneNote. Great new feature for all those home cooks! How Microsoft does this? By taking advantage of the Bing platform, we are able to glean the most important parts of the recipe and present them in a useful way directly in OneNote. Bing’s vast knowledge repository, which powers the recipe experience on Bing.com, allows us to dynamically deliver our deep understanding of individual recipes to your OneNote notebook. This feature works on many of the top recipe websites in the U.S., ...

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This is an old news, but I thought I should let our users know about it. After all these years of focusing Bing’s efforts in the US, Microsoft is now expanding many of the Bing’s features to other countries around the world. Snapshot is a feature on Bing that shows results on the right column on the Bing search results page. Snapshot brings relevant information and services related to your search to you right on the main results page including like celebrities, famous people, movies, music groups, countries, cities, geographic locations, animals, parks,  hotels, restaurants and many more so you can take action directly. Starting last month, Microsoft has expanded this Snapshot for web search in the UK. I hope Microsoft expands this feature into more countries around the world. If you are already using Snapshot, how was your experience so far? ...

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After the launch on Xbox 360, the GoPro Channel app is now available on Xbox One. Similar to Xbox 360 GoPro version,  Xbox One users can enjoy four exclusive videos. And as you expect, the GoPro Channel also offers access to on-demand GoPro content, the ability to share videos and purchase cameras and equipment directly through the app channel. Microsoft also revealed that GoPro on Xbox 360 has been immensely popular and received nearly half a million downloads with users watching an average of 18 minutes of GoPro videos per viewing session worldwide and 30 minutes per viewing session in the U.S. Not only are people watching videos, but GoPro owners are generating tons of content to share their stories and experiences with the world. User-generated content is huge on Xbox and is expected to continue to grow as GoPro joins other popular apps like YouTube and Twitch. The Xbox-GoPro relationship helps support ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced that they are developing a new original compiler over the last two years and the early results with this new compiler core were so positive that they are now planning to grow this core into the new TypeScript compiler and language service. The good news is that  the new compiler follows the same TypeScript 1.0 language spec, has the same compiler flags and compiler functionality, and outputs nearly identical code to the currently shipping TypeScript compiler. Microsoft said that when this development is complete, the new compiler should be drop-in compatible with the existing one. Microsoft believes that this new compiler has much cleaner compiler architecture that has better performance and allows them to add new features with greater ease in releases to come. Our work to date on the new compiler has been very promising.  At its current level of completeness, the new compiler is able ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced that Azure Active Directory SDKs for iOS and Android have reached General Availability and available for download. In addition to that, Microsoft has added support for OS X for Mountain Lion and above. All these SDKs are also open source, so you can participate in the development process as we build these libraries. A few months ago we released previews of these SDKs. They allowed you to easily add Work Accounts support to your existing Android and iOS apps. A Work Account is an identity you use to get work done no matter if at your business or on a college campus. Anywhere you need to get access to your work life you’ll use a Work Account. The Work Account can be tied to an Active Directory server running in your datacenter or live completely in the cloud like when you use Office365. A Work Account will be how your users know ...

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At the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON), Microsoft announced their partnerships with Packer.io and OpenNebula to enable interoperability of applications and services with Windows Azure and Hyper-V. Similarly, last week Microsoft announced their work on Docker’s libswarm project and Kubernetes, two cluster-management solutions available for Docker containers, and several other open source cloud projects. As part of our partnership with Packer.io, we are introducing two Packer plug-ins for Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V, natively supporting Microsoft technologies for the first time. Packer is an open source tool for creating identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration. Packer is a free and open source tool for creating golden images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration. As a result of a collaboration between Microsoft and OpenNebula (C12G Labs), we are introducing a new set of plug-ins to enable the use of OpenNebula for building hybrid cloud deployments ...

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Microsoft today announced that Google Chrome users can now enjoy Bing Search box on Chrome new tab pages. When you are using Chrome with default search engine set to Bing, you will get quick access to the Bing search box (and associated Page Zero features) as well as the frequently used sites you’re used to in the new Tab page. How to enable this feature? To enable this, go to Chrome’s Settings, and set your search engine to Bing (under “Search”), or follow the steps on this page. People who already have Bing selected will see this automatically after upgrading their browser to the latest version of Chrome. Source: Microsoft ...

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