Today, JD.com announced that they have started taking pre-orders for Xbox One in China. BEIJING, July 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — JD.com , Inc. (” JD.com ” or the “Company”) JD -0.07% , China’s largest online direct sales company, began taking China pre-orders today for Microsoft Corporation’s (“Microsoft”) Xbox One gaming console. As part of an agreement between the companies, JD.com will have the exclusive right to accept pre-orders for Xbox One in China from July 28-30 through JD.com ‘s Mobile QQ and Weixin entry points. “Launching Xbox One sales in China through JD.com ‘s Weixin and Mobile QQ entry points underscores the strength of these platforms with young and sophisticated Chinese consumers,” said Ms. Shuang Du, Vice President of JD.com in charge of the IT and Digital Business Unit. “Through our partnership with Tencent, Chinese consumers are increasingly able to enjoy the JD.com shopping experience directly on China’s most popular ...

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During the quarterly financial report, Microsoft revealed that Office 365 consumer subscriptions which includes Home and Personal editions increased to 5.6 million in total. In fact, Microsoft added 1 million subscribers in the last quarter. Microsoft COO Kevin Turner said they are thrilled with the tremendous momentum of our cloud offerings with Office 365. CFO Amy Hood commented the following on Office 365, Our commercial cloud revenue grew 147% this quarter, driven by both Office 365 and Azure. Our commercial cloud annual revenue run rate more than doubled this year, and now exceeds $4.4 billion.And, with this rapidly growing scale, we continue to expand our cloud gross margins. We saw strong commercial seat growth across Office 365, particularly with SMB customers. Additionally, we added over 1 million new subscribers to Office 365 Home and Personal, and we ended the quarter with 5.6 million users. I also found one interesting Q&A ...

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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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Yesterday we reported that, Lenovo has stopped selling all its smaller display Windows tablets in the US. It includes ThinkPad 8 and Lenovo Miix 2 consumer tablet as Lenovo is not seeing enough interest for small Windows tablets in the US. Lenovo executive said, “In other markets, particularly Brazil, China, and Japan, the demand for ThinkPad 8 has been much stronger, so we are adjusting our ThinkPad 8 inventories to meet increasing demand in those markets. If market demand for ThinkPad 8 changes, we will re-evaluate our strategy.” Today, Lenovo completely backtracked from what that executive told regarding their Windows tablet strategy. They announced that they will continue to sell new Windows devices in the market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and 10-inch tablet coming this holiday. “We will continue to bring new Windows devices to market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and ...

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For the sixth straight month, Sony’s PlayStation 4 has beat Xbox One in sales in the US. Even the doubling of console sales was not enough for Microsoft to catch up with PS4 which shows that Xbox One sales were really bad in the month of May. Despite having a solid platform for both games and entertainment apps, Microsoft’s console sales is not up to the mark due to unfocused marketing team. The total sales of consoles and portables combined was $736.4 million, up 24 percent from $593.5 million in sales during the same period last year. Also, combined sales of Xbox One and PS4 are over 80 percent higher than the combined totals for Xbox 360 and PS3 “Sales of launch titles in June 2014 did not compare favorably to those launched in June 2013, which included the PS3 exclusive The Last of Us, along with Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Leaf, ...

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In May, Microsoft announced a new Xbox One SKU at a lower price point that will start at $399. The only difference is that you won’t get Kinect sensor with it. This SKU was made available in all markets where Xbox One is currently on sale. Xbox Marketing Director Harvey Eagle recently said during a talk attended by TrustedReviews that they are seeing increasing sales momentum for Xbox One in the past weeks. Today, Microsoft confirmed the same by officially announcing that over the past month, they have seen a strong spike in interest in Xbox One console options, including the new $399 offering. In fact, since the new $399 Xbox One on June 9th, sales of Xbox One more than double in the US, compared to sales in May, and solid growth in Xbox 360 sales. We’re excited to welcome so many fans to Xbox this summer and we can’t wait for them ...

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In May, Microsoft announced a new Xbox One SKU at a lower price point that will start at $399. The only difference is that you won’t get Kinect sensor with it. This SKU was made available in all markets where Xbox One is currently on sale. Microsoft made the following statement regarding the new Xbox SKU, Our new Xbox One offering will continue to deliver access to the best blockbuster games like “Titanfall,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Dead Rising 3,” and the upcoming “Watch Dogs,” “Destiny” and “Sunset Overdrive.” You will also be able to access popular entertainment apps, such as Twitch, YouTube, and Netflix, as well as watch live TV and use OneGuide. Finally, you will continue to be able to use many of the unique features of Xbox One including the ability to get game invites while you watch TV, switch between games and entertainment apps, enjoy Twitch ...

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New numbers from Net Applications for the month of June show growing OS market for Windows 7 and Windows XP while Windows 8 saw a slight decline. Windows 7 continues to dominate at the top with the OS now over 50% marketshare (50.55 percent in June), up from 50.06 percent in May. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined is now at 12.54% down from 12.64% last month. Windows XP saw a slight increase to 25.31% down from 25.27% last month. Mac OSX 10.9 currently holds a 3.95% share, while Linux holds a 1.74% share. Windows Vista holds a market share at 2.95%. Windows 8/Windows 8.1 is not getting the right momentum which Windows 7 enjoyed during its launch. As it was rumored recently, Microsoft releasing Windows 9 for free to Windows 7 users should be a great move to move hundreds of millions of users to the latest OS. Source: ...

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For the fifth straight month, Sony’s PlayStation 4 beats Xbox One in sales in the US. In whatever way you see, it is a bad news for Microsoft. Despite having a solid platform for both games and entertainment apps, Microsoft’s console sales is not up to the mark. I’ll blame marketing team for this poor show in the market. The total sales of consoles and portables combined was $187 million, a 95 percent increase over the $96 million in sales during the same period last year. Top Games in May: 1)Watch Dogs (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC) 2)Mario Kart 8 (NWU) 3)MLB 14: The Show (PS4, PS3, PSV) 4)Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC) 5)Minecraft (360, PS3) 6)The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, 3DS, NWU) 7)NBA 2K14 (360, PS4. PS3, XBO, PC) 8)Titanfall (360, XBO, PC) 9)Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS) 10)Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, ...

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According to market research firm Canalys, Microsoft is now at 4th place in the UK tablet market with their Surface devices. Apple, Samsung and Amazon are above them and Google Nexus devices is following them in sales. Microsoft sold 71,540 units in the quarter, up 27.1 per cent on a year earlier, to grab a 3.3 per cent market share. Out of which, 58 per cent of these units were of the ARM-powered RT version with the Surface Pro devices comprising the rest. Canalys senior analyst Tim Coulling reckons channel partners helped Microsoft shift more devices, but added that weakness in consumer spending was hitting the Surface less dramatically than others. “There is more of a commercial opportunity for Surface,” he told The Channel, “plus Microsoft has a channel programme and is putting units into Authorised Device Resellers (ADRs)”. Relegated to fifth spot by Microsoft, Google struggled to gain traction, ...

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Last week, we reported that Sony’s PS4 dominated the Xbox One for the fourth month in a row. New numbers from NPD revealed that Microsoft only sold 115,000 units of their Xbox One console for the month of April. Also, Microsoft announced a new cheaper SKU for Xbox One that will not include Kinect sensor and will cost $399 which is same as that of Sony’s PS4. Microsoft’s this move was to directly compete with Sony on price and it seems that it may work out as expected. GameStop during their earnings meet revealed that they are seeing strong demand for Xbox One after the price drop. “I definitely think we’re already seeing in our stores with our reservation program as well as dialogue with PowerUp Rewards [members that] there’s a stronger demand as a result of the price drop,” Bartel said. “The good news for us is… we’ll sell ...

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Lenovo today announced its results for fourth fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2014. Lenovo maintained its number one position in PCs, adding 2.1% of market share to post a record 17.7 percent total share for the full-year, while the industry saw a decline of 8 percent during this same period. Lenovo’s laptop PC business worldwide in the Q4 increased 16% year-over-year to US$4.8 billion and Lenovo’s desktop PC shipment grew 6.8 percent worldwide year-over-year, against an industry decline of 3.1 percent worldwide. Another important milestone for Lenovo is that they have surpassed Apple to take the number three position in PC shipments in the fourth quarter in the US for the first time. Lenovo’s PC shipments in the Americas in the fourth fiscal quarter increased 18 percent year-over-year, in a market that fell by about 8 percent. In this environment, the Company gained 2.5 share points to a record high ...

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Nokia’s flagship device in its X series platform Nokia XL is on sale in India. It comes with a great 5″ display and a 5MP autofocus camera, complete with flash. Also, it comes with in an array of eye-catching colours, with the Nokia build quality you know and love. The device is priced at Rs.11, 489. Since this is based on AOSP, you can access the world of Android apps and flow between your favourites faster and smoother with Fastlane UI. Key Specs: Dimensions Height: 141.4 mm Width: 77.7 mm Thickness: 10.9 mm Weight: 190 g Display Display size: 12.7 cm Display features: Brightness control, Tactile feedback, Orientation sensor, Nokia Glance screen, Screen double tap, Wide viewing angle Photography Main camera sensor: 5 MP Camera resolution: 2592 x 1944 pixels Main camera focus type: Auto focus Power management Maximum standby time with dual SIM: 30 days Maximum standby time: 37 days Maximum talk time (2G): 16 h Processor name: ...

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Microsoft reported its latest financial quarter results last week and it was better than what many analysts expected. As Microsoft is transforming into a Devices and Services unit, the results of the newly formed Devices unit is an important one. As per the recent SEC filing by Microsoft, Microsoft is still losing money on every Surface device sold. The sales of the tablet has not hit the volume to make it profitable. For the quarter ended on March 31st, Microsoft lost about $45 million in Surface sales and about $300 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2014. Three months ended March 31, 2014 compared with three months ended March 31, 2013: Surface revenue was $494 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014. Surface revenue increased due to a higher number of units sold. Surface cost of revenue was $539 million for the three months ended March ...

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NPD today released their market research report for game console sales in the US. Sony announced that they have sold over 7 million PS4 units since launch and NPD numbers reveals that Microsoft has sold over 5 million Xbox One units. Despite the release of much hyped Titanfall game, Microsoft’s Xbox One has failed to get past Sony PS4 sales in the US. The good news for Microsoft is that the Titanfall is the No.1 selling game in March. Highlights from March 2014 NPD Group results include: Xbox One continues selling at a strong pace with 311,000 units sold in the U.S. in the month of March, surpassing Xbox 360 sales by more than 60 percent at the same point in time. Xbox 360 continues to grow its install base with 111,000 units sold in March in the U.S., more than any other seventh generation console. Xbox One continues to ...

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Speaking at Goldman Sachs Technology & Internet Conference today, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Marketing Tami Reller revealed that Microsoft has sold over 200 million Windows 8 licenses since its launch in October 2012. Previously, Microsoft announced the sales numbers of Windows 8 in May 2013 when 100 million milestone was reached. It took about 8 more months to double the numbers. About 240 million licenses of Windows 7 were sold in its first 12 months, compared to 200 million licenses of Windows 8 in 15+ months. The decline in sales rate is due to various factors. First, PC market in general is in decline. Second, Windows 7 came after not so well received product called Windows Vista. Microsoft is on track to deliver Windows 8.1 Update 1 in April to the consumers and Tami told the following in the conference, “more rapid cadence” on which the Windows team has ...

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