Microsoft has released figures for its second quarter, ending December 31st 2014. Here is my simple summary of the figures showing the segment breakdown:
Quarter ending December 31st 2014 vs quarter ending December 31st 2013, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Gross margin Change Devices and Consumer Licensing 4167 -1377 3876 -1105 Computing and Gaming Hardware 3997
…continue reading Microsoft Financials
Microsoft is revealing its Windows 10 plans in stages, presumably in part to build up expectation and get feedback, and in part because some pieces are ready to show before others.
Today in Redmond Microsoft shared a number of new features. In quick summary:
Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for all Windows
…continue reading Windows 10 and HoloLens: quick thoughts and questions following the January reveal
I have been doing a little work with Microsoft’s Azure platform recently. A common requirement is that you want a VM which is internet-accessible with a custom domain, for which the best solution is to create a A record in your DNS pointing to the IP number of the VM. In order to do this
…continue reading Reserved IPs and other Microsoft Azure annoyances
What happened in 2014? One thing I did not predict is that Samsung lost its momentum. Here are Gartner’s figures for global smartphone sales by vendor, for the third quarter of 2014:
Samsung is still huge, of course. But in 2013, Samsung seemed to be in such control of its premium brand that it
…continue reading So that was 2014: Samsung stumbles, all change for Microsoft, Sony hack, more cloud, more mobile
Microsoft has introduced SSD storage for Azure VMs. This is a catch-up with Amazon which has been offering this at least since June 2014. It is an important feature though, and now in preview. The SSDs are part of the Azure storage service but can only be used for disks attached to VMs, not for
…continue reading SSD storage has come to Azure VMs, along with faster Azure SQL
When Microsoft acquired Nokia in April this year, there was always a risk that the Windows Phone platform would lose momentum (yes there was some momentum).
Nokia was better at marketing, better at hardware innovation, and better at the all-important operator relations than Microsoft itself.
I consider the launch of Windows Phone 7 in
…continue reading Windows Phone wobbles: why users are losing heart
Google has released version 1.0 of Android Studio.
This Java/Android IDE has been in preview/beta since Google IO in May. It is based on the excellent JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA.
You can get Android Studio here. It is now the official Android IDE and developers using Eclipse are encouraged to migrate – like it or
…continue reading Google’s official Android Studio is at version 1.0
I have been looking at .NET Core, an official Microsoft open source project which you can find on github and which is at the heart of Microsoft’s plans to open source most of its .NET technology.
Currently there are three Microsoft repositories for the .NET Core platform. There are the .NET Compiler Platform (“Roslyn”), ASP.NET
…continue reading What is .NET Core, “the foundation of all future .NET platforms”?
As I mentioned last month, I have been working part-time for the Register since the beginning of October. Here’s what I wrote last month:
Google Chrome on Windows ‘completely unusable’, gripe users
This one seemed to strike a chord: is Google neglecting its Windows users?
Pity the poor Windows developer- The tools for desktop development
…continue reading On the Register in November: Windows desktop development woes, inside Amazon Aurora, more