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Microsoft earnings confirm that it decided not to ship a ‘new form factor’ Surface

Microsoft stated in its fiscal Q4 earnings report that it scrapped an additional Surface form factor. It might have been the oft-reported, but never actually released, Surface Mini. Of course, it could have been anything Surface related. In the report Microsoft states: Current year cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from our transition to newer generation devices and a decision to not ship a new form factor. Ahead of its May 2014 Surface event, rumors swirled that Microsoft was working on a 7-inch Surface tablet. When the company issued invitations to the event asking the press to “join us for a small gathering” it was expected that a…

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Microsoft Confirms Decision To Kill The Surface Mini

Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 2.32.29 PM Remember the Surface Mini, a device that got axed at the last minute? Microsoft gave it a shout out in its earnings report today.
The company noted in its hardware section that its “[c]urrent year cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from our transition to newer generation devices and a decision to not ship a new form factor.” Ding. Read More

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Microsoft Sold 5.8M Lumia Handsets In Its FQ4, But That’s A Partial-Quarter Sales Figure

Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 1.59.51 PM Today in its fiscal fourth quarter, Microsoft reported that it sold 5.8 million Windows Phone-based Lumia handsets. Last year, in the second calendar quarter — Microsoft’s then fiscal fourth quarter, welcome to the world of finance — Nokia sold 7.4 million Lumia handsets. However, Lumia sales didn’t fall 22 percent as those figures appear to indicate.… Read More

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Microsoft sold 5.8M Lumia smartphones and 30.3M non-Lumia handsets during its last quarter

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Microsoft sold 5.8 million Lumia smartphones and 30.3 million non-Lumia handsets, including Asha and Nokia X devices, during its last quarter. “Low price point devices drove a majority of the Lumia smartphone volumes,” the company added. The figures for the three-month period (ending on June 30) were disclosed in Microsoft’s Q4 2014 earnings report. The firm announced plans to acquire Nokia’s hardware business last September, before closing the deal in April. Last week, Microsoft said it would be cutting up to 18,000 jobs over the next 12 months. The bulk of the layoffs – 12,500 in total – will come from Nokia. The…

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Microsoft Reports $23.38B FQ4 Revenue Including $2B In Phone Top Line, Misses With EPS Of $0.55

 Today after the bell Microsoft reported its fiscal fourth quarter performance, including revenue for the period of $23.38 billion and earnings per share of $0.55. Analysts had expected the company to earn $0.60 on revenue of $23.00 billion. In th…

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Ahead Of Earnings, A Mixed Developer Landscape For Microsoft

Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 8.38.32 AM A recent report by Developer Economics details a mixed picture for Microsoft’s Windows Phone and Windows 8 platforms. Microsoft reports its earnings today after the bell, making the results of the survey more interesting. How will Microsoft frame its progress in attracting developer attention, and will its notes agree with the established figures? Read More

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A Microsoft Surface Revenue Bet

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 4.56.14 PM After the introduction of the Surface Pro 3, I tweeted that I thought it would do pretty well in the market. I should have clarified that I meant that in the context of prior Surface sales, but I can’t edit tweets after the fact, so here we are. Read More

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Microsoft Open Tech Brings Support For More Open-Source Projects To Azure

Microsoft Way At O’Reilly’s Open Source Convention in Portland, Ore., today, Microsoft’s Open Technologies subsidiary announced two new partnerships that bring support for more open source technologies to the Microsoft Azure platform. Developers will now be able to use Azure with Packer.io, for example, a service for creating machine images for multiple platforms from one source configuration. Read More

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