Yesterday Microsoft released its financial figures for the first three months of 2013.
Quarter ending March 31st 2013 vs quarter ending March 31st 2012, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Profit Change Client (Windows + Live) 5703 +1070 3459 +480 Server and Tools 5039 +508 1979 +293 Online 832 +125 -262 +218 Business (Office) 6319 +477
…continue reading Microsoft shrugs off Windows 8 issues with record revenue
Embarcadero is removing Prism from the next version of RAD Studio, XE4, expected later this month.
Prism is actually a third-party product, based on RemObjects Oxygene. Prism and Oxygene let you code in Delphi and compile to .NET or Mono.
Marc Hoffman from RemObjects explains the change here:
Starting with the upcoming release of
…continue reading No more Delphi for .NET: Prism removed from RAD Studio XE4
Xamarin, a company which provides tools for cross-platform development in C#, has announced its acquisition of LessPainful and the creation of cloud-based testing for mobile apps based on LessPainful’s technology and the Calabash scripting language it created.
The Test Cloud will perform automated user-interface tests on real devices, hosted by Xamarin, will provide detailed reports
…continue reading Xamarin acquires LessPainful, announces Test Cloud for mobile apps
Today at its Software Conference in Paris Intel presented its HTML5 development tools.
There is an intriguing comment here:
…continue reading Intel fights back against iOS with free tools for HTML5 cross-platform mobile development
Gartner has joined IDC in releasing figures showing a steep drop in PC sales for the first quarter of 2013.
Worldwide PC shipments totalled 79.2 million units in the first quarter of 2013, an 11.2 per cent decline from the first quarter of 2012, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. Global PC shipments went
…continue reading The PC puzzle: does the sales drop implicate or justify Windows 8?
I am attending the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas (between 5 and 6,000 attendees I was told), where Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Windows Server & System Center, gave the opening keynote this morning.
There was not a lot of news as such, but a few things struck me as notable.
…continue reading Microsoft takes aim at VMware, talks cloud and mobile device management at MMS 2013
A small business contacted me with a perplexing problem related to Office 2013 and Office 365. The scenario looks like this:
All their staff have Office 365 E1 accounts (for small and midsize businesses) They normally buy laptops with Microsoft Office. That would normally be the OEM version or more recently the Product Key Card
…continue reading Office 2013 Home and Business requires a Microsoft account to activate, a nuisance for Office 365 users
Cloud telephony company Twilio has announced a partnership with Google to integrate its API with App Engine, Google’s platform for cloud applications. Google has a clear explanation of what this enables here. You can have your application respond to incoming SMS texts or voice calls, and send an SMS back, or for voice, play messages,
…continue reading Twilio integrates with Google App Engine for cloud telephony applications
Microsoft has left slip a few figures in posts from PR VP Frank Shaw and platform evangelist Steve Guggenheimer.
Observers have tended to focus on Windows “Blue” and what is happening with Microsoft’s core client operating system, but what caught my eye was a few figures on progress in other areas.
Windows Azure compute usage
…continue reading Microsoft’s growth areas: Azure, Server with Hyper-V, Office 365, Windows Phone