Microsoft has announced its results for the first quarter of its financial year. The quote from Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein sums it up pretty well:
While enterprise revenue continued to grow and we managed our expenses, the slowdown in PC demand ahead of the Windows 8 launch resulted in a decline in operating income
…continue reading Microsoft posts decline in revenue and profits on the eve of Windows 8 launch
A while back I adapted a sample application in order to create an app for Windows 8. I am mulling over putting it in the Windows Store, but it needed some work. In particular, I wanted to add a Twitter feed to the front page. There is plenty of space:
Sounds easy; but inspecting
…continue reading Adapting the Items Page template in a Windows Runtime app
Gartner has reported on third quarter worldwide PC sales and they do not look good:
At 87.5 million units, they have declined 8.3% compared with the same quarter in 2011 HP is down 16.4%, Dell is down 13.7%. Lenovo managed 9.8% growth and is now number one with 15.7% of the market
Key quote: “The
…continue reading Will Windows 8 save the PC? Gartner reports 8% year on year sales decline
Microsoft has completed Windows Server 2012 Essentials, the kind-of replacement for Small Business Server (SBS) in the Server 2012 range.
I say “kind-of” because it does not replicate the old SBS idea of bundling Windows Server, Exchange, and optionally SQL Server into a single keenly-priced bundle designed to work on one or two servers.
…continue reading Microsoft’s Server 2012 Essentials: a good replacement for Small Business Server?
I have been poking around in the Windows Store as the public launch of Windows 8 approaches, and was intrigued by the reviews for the Wikipedia app, which is nicely done. Several users complain about the lack of a search function:
In fact the Wikipedia app has excellent fast search, on the Charms bar:
…continue reading Windows 8 discoverability: users searching for search
Cross-platform mobile tools vendor Appcelerator has released its latest mobile developer survey (in conjunction with IDC) representing the views of around 5,500 developers using its tools.
It is worth a read this time around. I was particularly interested to see what Appcelerator developers think of Windows 8, launching later this month. There is a chart
…continue reading Appcelerator mobile developer survey shows Windows 8 progress, uncertainty