San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Boston — Microsoft will officially roll out Windows Blue, the first major update to Windows 8, with a preview on June 26.
Dubbed Windows 8.1, the actual update will be free to Windows 8 and RT owners and will be available via the Microsoft Store sometime later this year.
The news was released by Tami Reller, Microsoft’s chief marketing officer and chief financial officer of the Windows division, at the JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference being held here.
Reller did not offer any details on what the update will contain.
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Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft reported higher revenue, net income and operating income in its fiscal third quarter, ended March 31.
Revenue was up $3 billion to $20.5 billion. Net income was up about $1 billion to $6.05 billion, and operating income was up $1.3 billion to $7.6 billion.
New York — Worldwide PC shipments in the first quarter of the year posted the steepest decline ever recorded by the research firm International Data Corp. (IDC).
IDC analysts directly blamed the situation on Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system.
"At this point, unfortunately, it seems clear that the Windows 8 launch not only failed to provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have slowed the market," said Bob O'Donnell, IDC program VP, clients and displays.
King of Prussia, Pa. — Microsoft is rolling out five more mini stores this month.
The corporate boutiques, which the software maker has variously described as “pop-up” and “specialty” stores, feature a curated selection of Microsoft products, including Surface PCs, Windows smartphones and Xbox gaming systems.
The latest locations will bring the number of mini stores to 33 nationwide.
Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft hired Judson Althoff, a longtime Oracle executive, as president of North America sales and marketing and corporate VP.
Althoff starts in his Microsoft role on March 29 and reports to COO Kevin Turner.
Althoff will manage the company’s sales, marketing and services staff in the United States and Canada.
Turner said Judson’s “proven leadership will enable us to continue to excel in delivering the best devices and services experience to our customers, including businesses and consumers.”
Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft and Nikon have entered a patent licensing agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for certain Nikon cameras running the Android platform.
Redmond, Wash. – Microsoft’s launch last week of the Surface Pro tablet is receiving mixed reviews from analysts.
Views on the introduction run the gamut from calling it normal to a failure and to too early to call.
The one fact everyone agreed upon is that the Surface Pro quickly sold out.
Redmond, Wash. – Microsoft reported higher revenue, but lower operating and net income during its fiscal second quarter ended Dec. 31.
Quarterly revenue was $21.46 billion for the quarter compared to $20.88 billion year on year, while operating income was $7.77 billion, lower than the prior year’s $7.99 billion and net income of $6.38 billion which was lower than the prior year’s $6.62 billion.
Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft plans Feb. 9 availability of its Surface Windows 8 Pro in the U.S. and Canada at an estimated street price of $899 for the 64GB version with bundled Type Cover.
Pricing on the 128GB version with Type Cover wasn’t disclosed.