Operating Systems

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 currencies have impacted Microsoft’s numbers. Revenue for the quarter was $23.8 billion, down from $26.5 billion a year ago. Gross margin was 58.5%, down from 61.7% a year ago, and net income was down 14.7% to $4.998 billion. Basic earnings per share was $0.63, down from $0.71 at the same time last year. Microsoft Q2 2016 Financial Results (GAAP) Q2'2016 Q1'2016 Q2'2015 Revenue (in Billions USD) $23.796 $20.379 $26.470 Operating Income (in Billions USD) $6.026 $5.793 $7.776 Gross Margin (in Billions USD) $13.924 $14.712 $16.334 Margins 58.5% 64.6% 61.7% Net Income (in Billions USD) $4.998 $4.620 $5.863 Basic Earnings per Share (in USD) $0.63 $0.57 $0.71 A big chunk of the difference this year has to do with currency rates, and Microsoft has...

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

Windows 10 Launches Worldwide

It has been a busy time in Redmond. Three hundred and two days ago, on September 30, 2014, Windows 10 was announced by Microsoft. The name, at the time...

99 by Brett Howse on 7/29/2015

Windows 10 Retail Will Be On USB Flash Drives

The death of the optical drive in the PC space has been a long time coming, and while removable media is unlikely to go away any time soon, with...

95 by Ryan Smith on 7/16/2015

Windows 10 Build 10240 Released To All Insiders

Today Microsoft unleased build 10240 to both the fast and slow rings for Windows Insiders. The Verge reported earlier today that build 10240 would be the “RTM” or “Release...

45 by Brett Howse on 7/15/2015

Windows 10 Editions Compared

Today Microsoft has finally created tables outlining what the different versions of the operating system are going to feature. It was back in May that they finally announced all...

65 by Brett Howse on 7/2/2015

You Might Not Get Windows 10 On July 29, But You Get A New Build Today

Another day, and another build of Windows 10 has been released to the fast ring. With Windows 10’s official release date of July 29th coming up very quickly now...

41 by Brett Howse on 7/2/2015

Windows 10 Build 10159 Released To Windows Insiders

Just yesterday, Microsoft released build 10158 to the Windows Insiders fast ring. I was going to write it up but I wanted to kick the tires on it first...

51 by Brett Howse on 6/30/2015

Windows 10 Insider Activation Update: Part 2

Just a couple of days ago, Microsoft put out a blog post outlining how Windows Insiders would be updated to the release version of Windows 10. Later, they updated...

76 by Brett Howse on 6/22/2015

Windows Insiders To Receive Full Windows 10

Yesterday, Gabe Aul, the head of the Windows Insider program, put up a blog post which answers one of the most asked questions regarding the ongoing Windows 10 preview...

101 by Brett Howse on 6/20/2015

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