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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Microsoft today highlighted one of their successful customer stories in the sports business. The British & Irish Lions rugby team uses Microsoft as their secret weapon Microsoft for their success. Microsoft’s devices and services helped them win a 41-16 triumph over the Qantas Wallabies in the tournament final (a Test Series decider) in front of 84,000 people at Sydney Olympic Park in July 2013. If Microsoft was a rugby player on the Lions all-star 2013 team, it would’ve been the head coach – the one ultimately responsible for bringing every element together, says Charlie McEwen, head of sales and marketing for the Lions. He says it was responsible for communicating, adapting, directing and evolving the best components to succeed. This team is using Microsoft technologies right from hosting their apps and websites in the cloud to Xbox for entertainment for their players during free time. Fans around the world followed the Lions’ every ...

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According to me, the real highlight of Microsoft’s quarterly financial results releases yesterday was regarding their Cloud OS business. Cloud OS represents the fastest growing opportunity for Microsoft. Quarter after quarter, Microsoft is driving growth and customer adoption. In fact, commercial cloud revenue grew 147% with an annualized run rate that exceeds $4.4 billion. Also, server products revenue, including Azure, grew 16%, with double-digit growth for SQL Server and System Center. “Our results reflect our customers’ long-term commitments to our products and services, and strong execution by our field teams. We are thrilled with the tremendous momentum of our cloud offerings with Office 365 and Azure both growing over 100% again,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft. “Looking forward, we are excited by the amazing opportunities enabled by our technology roadmap and our strong engagement across partners, customers, and developers.” Satya Nadella commented the following on Cloud OS ...

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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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Wacom has released their Bamboo Paper app for Windows 8 devices. Bamboo Paper allows you to capture your thoughts and ideas by taking notes, sketching and drawing. For a limited time, you will be able to get all premium writing and drawing tools for free, so download the app soon. LIMITED TIME – FREE TOOLS To celebrate the launch of Bamboo Paper for Windows 8, we are making available all premium writing and drawing tools FOR FREE! Download now to get the maximum out of Bamboo Paper! * TOOLS & PRECISE INKING Use a selection of pen tools for writing, sketching, coloring and marking. Our zoom function allows you to draw or write precise lines to fit more notes onto the page. Wacom’s vector based ink engine provides the best drawing and writing quality on Windows 8. ANNOTATE Add images or photos to your page and sketch or write on ...

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After China, now Russian government is trying to reduce the reliance on Microsoft and other US based tech companies in governmental agencies. The reason seems to be the same security issues cited by China. They fear that the backdoors and bugs in software will allow suppliers access to confidential data. Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Oracle and SAP had combined revenue of $8.1 billion from Russia last year, and if Russia is going to move forward with their current plans, then these companies may get affected on sales. The State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, is drafting a bill to require government agencies and state-run enterprises to give preference to local providers of software and hardware, according to a document from the commission for strategic information systems obtained by Bloomberg News. The paper addresses criteria for tender processes such as favoring products that don’t have imported, licensed components. “This all ...

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Microsoft might be soon launching their Surface tablets in India. Recently, Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro 2 tablets have passed BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) procedure to import inside India. As you can see in the image above, Maintek Computer( A unit of Pegatron) has shipped them to India. Microsoft has provided the following statement regarding this import process, “As per BIS processes, certification is mandatory for this category. For Microsoft, we do go through these processes from time-to-time, as part of any market assessment perspective. But, at this stage, we have no announcements to offer for launch timing of the said model or other models of Microsoft Surface in India.” There are two possibilities, either Microsoft Surface tablets launch is imminent in India or Microsoft has imported them for internal company purposes. Recently, Microsoft Mobile(Nokia). also imported Lumia 2520 tablets in India. via: Evyush ...

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Microsoft vision of one Windows for all devices started few years back. First, they started their work on unifying the core of the OS and it became evident from the release of Windows Phone 8. Windows Phone 8 is based on the same NT core on which Windows 8 is built. It enabled OEMs to write one driver for both their phones and other devices running Windows. With the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft enabled Universal apps that shares most of the underlying APIs in all the devices. With the upcoming Windows9/Threshold  release, Microsoft is looking to further unify the development process. They are building a new UI framework at the core of the “One Microsoft” OS. This will enable developers to create UI that works well across all of our devices: phones, tablets, PCs, and the Xbox. A recent job posting revealed that Microsoft is ...

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This week’s Red Stripe Deals are now live in Windows Store. It includes many popular games like Dragon’s Lair, Spectral Soul and more. Find the list of games and Windows Store links from the list below. “Dragon’s Lair” ($4.99 in the Windows Store, usually $9.99) brings the arcade classic to your living room, including Don Bluth’s distinctive animation. It includes all of the original scenes of a valiant knight’s quest to rescue the princess from the clutches of an evil dragon. But it also has a new global high scores list so you can show how well you wield Dirk the Daring’s sword. Find your way through the castle of a dark wizard, who has enchanted it with treacherous monsters and obstacles. “Fairway Solitaire by Big Fish” (99 cents in the Windows Store), ($1.49 in the Windows Store), “Spectral Souls” ($5.99 in the Windows Store – usually  $15.99 “Red Crow ...

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Yesterday, we reported a potential bug Google Chrome that will cause poor battery life on Windows laptop during web browsing. There is a potential bug in Google Chrome that drains your battery life and even may cause performance degrade. The bug is related to “system clock tick rate” in Google Chrome. System clock rate determines the active state of the processor, usually it would be 15.625ms when Windows is in idle mode. What Google Chrome does is that it sets the clock rate to 1.000ms making the processor waking up more than the usual. System clock rates of 1.000ms might increase power consumption by “as much as 25 per cent”. So, how does Internet Explorer handle the same issue? When you are doing regular web browsing, IE11 sets it to 15.625ms, but when you play YouTube video, it reduces it to 1.000ms for better performance. After 2 years, Google has ...

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As part of the reorganizations and layoffs announced today, Microsoft has decided to stop developing the MixRadio service it acquired from Nokia. However, the good thing Microsoft is doing is to spin-off MixRadio from Microsoft so that it could operate as independent company. Currently, MixRadio depends on the revenue from the devices pre-loaded with MixRadio. If it becomes an independent company, it should find a new business model to survive in the highly competitive online music streaming industry. Microsoft will continue to focus on developing and maintaining the best operating system for consumers to use music and entertainment with their choice of third-party applications along with their own Xbox Music platform. Speaking to Musically, Jyrki Rosenberg of MixRadio team said that he has seen very strong interest from investors in the US, Europe and Asia. “For me personally it’s very exciting. I’ve been meeting with potential investors around the world in the last few weeks. We ...

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Earlier this year, Lenovo announced ThinkPad 8, a premium 8 inch tablet constructed of machine-cut aluminum, with the ability to connect to a keyboard and display for a full PC experience. Or flip its optional Quickshot Cover over the tablet to convert into Tent Mode. In addition, it allowed users to capture photos and videos intuitively and easily with the Quickshot cover. Users just peel back the tablet’s cover to expose the 8 MP high definition camera, triggering the camera app to open. Once captured, users can view and edit their photos and videos on the super bright 8.3 inch 1920×1200 display and transfer them wirelessly using Miracast technology or view them via a cable using its microHDMI port. Supporting a full PC experience, ThinkPad 8 is armed with the latest Intel Bay Trail Quad Core processor, up to 128GB of storage, a microUSB 3.0 port, LTE connectivity and a full Windows8 Pro ...

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If you are experiencing poor battery life on Windows laptop, you should probably stop using Google Chrome for web browsing. There is a potential bug in Google Chrome that drains your battery life and even may cause performance degrade. The bug is related to “system clock tick rate” in Google Chrome. System clock rate determines the active state of the processor, usually it would be 15.625ms when Windows is in idle mode. What Google Chrome does is that it sets the clock rate to 1.000ms making the processor waking up more than the usual. System clock rates of 1.000ms might increase power consumption by “as much as 25 per cent”. So, how does Internet Explorer handle the same issue? When you are doing regular web browsing, IE11 sets it to 15.625ms, but when you play YouTube video, it reduces it to 1.000ms for better performance. Effect of the same? Indeed, in ...

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Apart from the 12,500 former Nokia employees who will leave Microsoft,  another 5,500 Microsoft employees will also be shown the door. As per the sources of Mary Jo Foley, every other team from legal to Xbox is affected by this move. It is also reported that the newly formed Operating Systems Group which is responsible for the development of Windows will be affected immediately. Also, Terry Myerson is now shaking up the functional structure of Windows team which was program management/development/software testing structure since Sinofsky’s days. Under the new structure, a number of Windows engineers, primarily dedicated testers, will no longer be needed. (I don’t know exactly how many testers will be layed off, but hearing it could be a “good chunk,” from sources close to the company.) Instead, program managers and development engineers will be taking on new responsibilities, such as testing hypotheses. The goal is to make the OS ...

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At WPC keynote held today, Microsoft spoke about the app momentum in Windows Store. The number of apps in Windows Store has increased by over 100% over the last year. During the presentation, Microsoft marketing executive highlighted that Windows Store now includes consumer apps like WhatsApp, Spotify and WeChat. We all know that these apps are not available in Windows Store yet. I guess the person who made the presentation got confused between Windows Store and Windows Phone Store. The mentions of WhatsApp, Spotify, WeChat and Pandora are a mistake. WhatsApp business head Neeraj Arora confirmed that it was a mistake from Microsoft. video via @tomwarren. ...

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Based on previous reports, we all know that Microsoft is working on a fitness oriented wearable device that will be compatible with iOS and Android devices in addition to Windows Phone devices. Today, IBTimes reported that this upcoming fitness band will feature a blood-glucose monitor and a UV sensor. The device will feature a UV Index sensor to help warn the user of harmful levels of ultraviolet radiation from sunlight in order to better protect against the risk of skin cancer. The blood-glucose monitor will be used to help track users’ fitness levels and assist people who suffer from diabetes. As we already know, Microsoft is planning to launch this smartband before the end of this year. What’s your expectations from Microsoft’s upcoming wearable? Source: IB Times ...

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