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In Microsoft's FY19 Q2 earnings release the company reported a strong end to 2018 with significant double-digit increases in both its revenue and operating income. Several aspects of Microsoft's business contributed to these increases, but the lions share of the growth was contributed by its Azure business. In a year-over-year look into Microsoft's Azure business, Q4 2018 revenue showed an uptick of 74% over the same time period in 2017. Cloud services in general appear to have performed quite well for Microsoft, and its Chief Financial Officer said that commercial cloud services experienced a 48% growth in revenue that contributed to $9.0 billion to the company's total revenue for the quarter.... Read more...
There's some big news in the latest round of PC shipment numbers that are coming from Gartner and IDC. Although the firms use differing tracking methods, both show that Lenovo has regained its spot as the world’s top-selling PC vendor for the third quarter. According to Gartner, overall global PC sales rose just 0.1 percent year-over-year to 67.2 million. On the global stage, Lenovo was the top performer, showing a 10.7 percent increase YoY to 15.8 million units shipped. Hewlett-Packard was in second place with 14.6 million units (6.2 percent YoY increase), while Dell sat in third place with 10.7 million units (5.3 percent increase YoY).  Apple actually posted an 8.5 percent decline... Read more...
Microsoft's smaller, more affordable Surface tablet is now shipping to customers. Unveiled earlier this month, the Surface Go is a 10-inch tablet that weighs a scant 1.15 pounds, making it the smallest and lightest Surface to date. Best of all, it won't smack you in the wallet or purse—pricing starts at a reasonable $399 for the entry-level configuration "Surface Go marks an important inflection point in our Surface journey... At only 1.15 pounds, Surface Go gives you the versatility and portability of a tablet, the performance of a laptop and the option of smartphone-like LTE connectivity, all in a single, compact device. Surface Go empowers you to stay connected, pursue your passions... Read more...
Well, that escalated quickly. Just this morning, we learned that Microsoft's new entry-level Surface tablet would debut this Friday. However, we're now getting official word from Microsoft about an upcoming Surface device -- its first official confirmation to date about the tablet. The tweet includes an image of the current family of Surface devices: the Surface Pro, Surface Book 2, Surface Studio and Surface Laptop. All of the devices have July 10th listed on the lock screen along with a time of 6:00 PST. That leads us to believe that Microsoft plans to announce the devices at an event tomorrow at around 9AM EST. As for the previous report which indicated at date of July 13th; it's... Read more...
All signs are pointing to the impending release of a new, entry-level Surface tablet. The device has been talked about for months and the latest report suggests that the new Surface will be released by Microsoft this Friday. The information comes from an alleged internal Microsoft document that leaked to a Surface subreddit. According to the leak, the tablet and a complimenting Type Cover will be available via the Microsoft Store. There is no indication if this will simply be a preorder phase for the tablet or if they will actually start shipping on 7/13. Microsoft's newest Surface device made an appearance at the FCC earlier this month, and it was surmised that it would be equipped... Read more...
It seems as though all at once, we're beginning to glean pertinent details about Microsoft's upcoming low-end Surface tablet. Yesterday, we learned that the budget tablet hit the FCC with a 24-watt charger and a 7.5-volt battery. It was also reasoned that the Surface tablet will feature Intel-based processors. Today, we're getting more specifics on those processors, which are said to be from the Pentium family rather than beefier Core range found on the pricier Surface Pro tablets. This news comes from WinFuture, which says that the cheapest Surface will feature a quad-core Gemini Lake Pentium Silver N5000 processor. However, if you need a bit more firepower, Microsoft will offer... Read more...
In recent months, we've heard reports that a new, low-cost Surface tablet will be released to the public very soon. Now even more evidence of the entry-level tablet has passed through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  The things that clue us in to the fact that this is an entry-level device is that it comes with a 24-watt power supply versus the 36-watt power supply found on the current-generation Surface Pro tablets. In addition, a 7.5v battery is used instead of a 7.66v battery. Both of these are indicators that the power needs of this tablet are as great as its Surface Pro siblings.  WindowsFuture, which uncovered the FCC listing, also has surmised that... Read more...
Microsoft's annual report to the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission seems to confirm a few details about Windows 8 and Surface that many already suspected: The launch date is October 26th for both. Of course, Microsoft hasn't made these dates official yet. If you're planning to pick up one of the new tablets, one thing to keep in mind is that only the ARM-based Surface is launching on the 26th. That's the Surface for Windows RT tablets. Microsoft also plans to launch Surface Pro tablets, which have an Intel chip, a few months after the initial Surface launch. Microsoft isn't new to developing hardware, but the Surface may cause some friction with Microsoft's partners that its keyboards... Read more...
In the thirty-plus years since the first personal computers hit the market system capabilities have increased by multiple orders of magnitude. The ways in which end-users access these capabilities, on the other hand, has scarcely changed at all. The last major innovation was the mouse, first popularized by Apple in 1984. In the 26 years hence, a variety of conceptual devices and prototypes have debuted, including everything from the AlphaiGrip to Microsoft's own Surface. The BendDesk is yet another attempt to create a brand-new, superior method of system control. If nothing else, it deserves credit for ambition. Instead of focusing on yet another keyboard+mouse replacement, its designers chose... Read more...
Las Vegas's Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino becomes the second commercial location to sport Microsoft's Surface devices--table-top, multi-touch-input computers. The first commercial implementation of Surface was this last April in select AT&T stores. "Harrah's will deploy a suite of their own customized applications and be the first to install Microsoft Surface in an entertainment venue, providing guests with uniquely personalized and engaging social experiences. Their most ambitious application is 'Flirt' which uses strategically placed video cameras to create an exciting new way to initiate conversation, flirt and meet new people from one Surface to another. Additional applications include... Read more...
AT&T First to Introduce Microsoft Surface in Retail Stores to Enhance Mobile Shopping Experience First commercial Microsoft Surface launch to begin April 17 in select AT&T stores with expanded deployment planned throughout 2008. LAS VEGAS — April 1, 2008 — AT&T (NYSE: T) and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) today announced a collaborative alliance that will transform the way consumers shop for mobile devices. AT&T will become the first company in the world to bring Microsoft Surface to life in a retail environment, giving customers the ability to explore their mobile worlds using touch and device recognition technology. Microsoft Surface is the first commercially available surface... Read more...