Another curious Microsoft executive misstatement this week raised questions about the future of Microsoft's Xbox Music and Xbox Video services. But Joe Belfiore responded to the rumors on Twitter with some good news: The firm has no plans to drop Xbox Music or Xbox Video.
Following in the footsteps of an updated Skype for iPhone—and what I assume to be a related release of Amazon's Fire Phone—Microsoft today announced the release of Skype 5.0 for Android. This major update to the app provides integration between your Skype contacts and your handset's contacts management system.
In the latest episode of What the Tech, Andrew Zarian and I discuss faked Windows 9 screenshots, why bloggers regurgitate untrue posts about Microsoft products, the Microsoft layoffs, the dichotomy of Steve and and Tim Cook, and the future of Windows Phone.
If you're familiar with the various mobile app ecosystems, you may know that Microsoft apps are very well represented on both Google Android and Apple iOS, but not at all on Amazon's Android-based Fire OS platform. Maybe that's going to change, though: Microsoft announced today that it is bringing its popular Skype app to the Amazon Fire Phone.
Well, this is interesting. After informing the world that the recently released Lumia 635 was the follow-up to the best-selling Lumia 520, Microsoft Mobile/Nokia announced this morning that it would in fact release a Lumia 530 in the fall in the US, along with a Lumia 530 Dual-SIM model for international markets. My do they make a lot of different phones.
On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the results of its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended June 30, 2014: The firm earned a net income of $6.48 billion on revenues of $23.38 billion. We already knew that the software giant was an economic powerhouse. But Microsoft's story in this changing era hinges on a move from traditional software to services and devices. So what did CEO Satya Nadella tell us in the wake of these earnings, and how does this change our perception of how the company is doing?
Well, here we go again. During yesterday's post-earnings conference call, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated that the firm was preparing to streamline Windows from three separate operating systems into a "single converged operating system for screens of all sizes," touching off another round of confusion. But there's no reason to be confused: This isn't news, and it isn't even new. And it most certainly doesn't actually mean that there will only be "one" version of Windows 9 (or whatever) that runs on PC, tablets, phones, TVs, embedded devices, and so on.
Apple on Tuesday announced its earnings for the quarter ending June 30. The consumer electronics giant posted a net profit of $7.7 billion on revenue of $37.4 billion, and credited strong iPhone and Mac sales for the results. But the word "iPad" was conspicuously missing from Apple's earnings press release. It turns out that product line has stalled at an inopportune time.
Microsoft earned a net income of $6.48 billion on revenues of $23.38 billion for the quarter ending June 30, in-line with expectations. But an operating loss of $692 million on Nokia's devices and services businesses dragged down stronger-than-expected results from Windows and Office.
How do you follow-up on a TechEd that featured only cloud-based product updates and not a single on-premises upgrade? Why you kill TechEd, of course. And then you bring it back from the dead. . . as something else entirely.
Microsoft curiously claimed yesterday that "the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station is available today for preorder." As it turns out, that accessory has been available for preorder since late June—I ordered mine on June 21, a bit over a month ago. But what's changed is that the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station can now be preordered in the UK.
As has been the case for several months now, Microsoft has provided a list of new features and changes coming in next month's System Update for Xbox One. There is no single major new feature, but there a bunch of excellent changes coming, including mobile purchases, low controller battery notifications, support for 3D Blu-Ray movies, some activity feed updates, and more.
In the wake of a wildly successful partner conference and a much more dour and massive set of layoffs, Microsoft will announce its quarterly and annual earnings later today. It's an odd day for such a release—Microsoft usually does such things on Thursday—but my sources say the date was changed to accommodate the firm's schedule, which includes another massive event, this time for employees, that is happening this week in Atlanta. So what can we expect?
It's been a while since the last What I Use, but there haven't been many major changes since late last year: Surface Pro 3 has become my go-to travel companion, I've added a third cellphone line for testing Windows Phone, Android and iPhone side-by-side, and have rotated through some new tablets and other devices. We've also switched from FIOS to Comcast and added to our set-top box collection.
Confirming rumors that date back to last year, Microsoft this week said that it is killing off its successful TechEd trade show series. But it's not really going away: Instead, Microsoft will consolidate TechEd and several other IT- and enterprise-focused tradeshows into a single, unified tech conference, the first rendition of which is now scheduled for Chicago in May 2015.