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Today Microsoft also announced their earnings for the third quarter of their 2016 fiscal year. Revenue, income and earnings were all down compared to Q3 2015, with revenue for the quarter of $20.5 billion, which is down 6%. Operating income was $5.3 billion, down 20%, and net income was $3.8 billion, which is down 25%. Earnings per share were $0.47, down 23% compared to a year ago. Microsoft Q3 2016 Financial Results (GAAP) Q3'2016 Q2'2016 Q3'2015 Revenue (in Billions USD) $20.531 $23.796 $21.729 Operating Income (in Billions USD) $5.283 $6.026 $6.594 Gross Margin (in Billions USD) $12.809 $13.924 $14.568 Margins 62.4% 58.5% 67.0% Net Income (in Billions USD) $3.759 $4.998 $4.985 Basic Earnings per Share (in USD) $0.48 $0.63 $0.61 Microsoft also reported non-GAAP earnings, which exclude revenue deferrals and the impact of restructuring charges. On a non-GAAP basis, revenue was $22.1 billion, which is up 2% year-over-year. Operating income was $6.8...

Microsoft Announces Xamarin Will Be Included Free With Visual Studio, And Open Source

Back in February, Microsoft announced it was acquiring Xamarin, the cross-platform toolkit which allows developers to write native apps for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac, using Visual Studio and...

11 by Brett Howse on 3/31/2016

Windows 10 Gaming Updates: DirectX 12 and Xbox One

With the Windows Anniversary Edition, Microsoft has detailed some upcoming improvements for gaming. They even brought Phil Spencer out to announce the upcoming plans for gaming on Windows. The...

21 by Brett Howse on 3/30/2016

Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Anniversary Edition

Windows 10 is unlike previous versions of Windows in that the original intent was to have it constantly updated over its lifetime. We’ve already had one big update with...

45 by Brett Howse on 3/30/2016

Windows Adds Support For Bash Scripting

With the goal of making more developers use Windows, and to help them move their workflows over to Windows, Microsoft has taken the step to enable Bash scripting natively...

41 by Brett Howse on 3/30/2016

Microsoft Extends Skylake Support On Windows 7 And Windows 8.1

Back in January, Microsoft made a rather surprising announcement that it was changing the support model for older operating systems running on the latest Skylake hardware. As part of...

50 by Brett Howse on 3/18/2016

Microsoft Acquires Cross-Platform C# Toolmaker Xamarin

In what has to be the most obvious acquisition Microsoft has made in some time, today the Redmond company announced that they have signed an agreement to purchase Xamarin. Xamarin...

21 by Brett Howse on 2/24/2016

Microsoft Releases Q2 FY 2016 Results: Lower Results Despite Cloud Growth

Today Microsoft released their earnings for quarter two of fiscal year 2016, which ended on December 31. Despite solid growth in their cloud platforms, the PC slowdown and world...

13 by Brett Howse on 1/28/2016

Microsoft Will Not Support Upcoming Processors Except On Windows 10

Microsoft has long been the bastion of long term support for older platforms, so today’s support news out of Redmond is particularly surprising. Intel launched its 6th generation Skylake...

125 by Brett Howse on 1/15/2016

Windows 10 Fall Update Available: Filling Out The Business Gaps

Today Microsoft started rolling out their first big update to Windows 10. When Windows 10 first launched in July, there was a commitment to moving Windows from optional updates...

40 by Brett Howse on 11/12/2015

Microsoft FY 2016 Q1 Results: Cloud Growth And PC Slowdown

Today Microsoft released their earnings from the first quarter of fiscal year 2016. Revenue fell 12% year-over-year to $20.4 billion for the quarter, driven by a 17% decline in...

37 by Brett Howse on 10/22/2015

Windows 10 Fast Ring Update: Build 10 10565 Comes To Insiders

Microsoft’s Gabe Aul has announced this morning that they have just released the latest build of Windows 10 to Insiders on the fast ring, and this build brings some...

63 by Brett Howse on 10/12/2015

Windows 10 Feature Focus: CompactOS

Microsoft took a serious look at how to save space from the operating system files with Windows 8.1 Update. What they came up with at the time was WIMBoot...

67 by Brett Howse on 10/2/2015

Windows 10 Build 10547 Brings Some Nice Changes For Insiders

It’s Friday and Gabe Aul has unleashed another new build of Windows 10 to people in the Windows Insider Program’s fast ring. Unlike the last build which was mostly...

71 by Brett Howse on 9/18/2015

Microsoft Quietly Rolls Out Windows RT Update To Enable Windows 10 Style Start Menu

When Windows 10 was first announced, one of the first questions was would this upgrade be available for Windows RT devices running on ARM based platforms. The answer was...

19 by Brett Howse on 9/16/2015

The Windows 10 Review: The Old & New Face of Windows

Let’s flash back to 2012. About three years ago, Windows 8, the last major release of Microsoft’s ubiquitous operating system, was released to manufacturers. This was to be Microsoft’s...

284 by Brett Howse on 8/25/2015

Windows 10 Insider Preview Continues: Build 10525 Released To Fast Ring

Even though Windows 10 is now officially launched, the Insider Program is going to continue. People that have joined the preview program now have a new build of Windows...

47 by Brett Howse on 8/18/2015

Here’s How You Can Install Windows 10 Now

With Windows 10 being rolled out in waves, there are likely a large number of people who are enthusiastic to get the upgrade now. Staring at your Windows Update...

51 by Brett Howse on 7/30/2015

Windows 10 Installed On Over 14 Million Devices

Windows 10 has been out for a day, and Microsoft is reporting it has been installed on over 14 million devices so far. That’s not a bad start, but...

36 by Brett Howse on 7/30/2015

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