Microsoft beat expectations in the first quarter of 2012.
Even though Microsoft’s entertainment division which includes the Xbox feel in profits by 16%, Windows Sales rose 4% against a forcast of a 4% reduction making the companies overall profits rise by a total of 6%.
Microsoft stated its business division saw revenues increase by 9% “reflecting the continued strength of Office 2010”.
After-hours trading in New York saw Microsoft shares rise by 3%.
Steve Ballmer Microsoft’s chief executive said “We’re driving toward exciting launches across the entire company, while delivering strong financial results,”
“With the upcoming release of new Windows 8 PCs and tablets, the next version of Office, and a wide array of products and services for the enterprise and consumers, we will be delivering exceptional value to all our customers in the year ahead.”
Microsoft are ending support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 on the 8th of April, 2014. This may seem a long way off but it means a big upheaval for the millions of businesses that still use windows XP in the work place.
The fact that Microsoft is ending their support for Windows XP should not come as any surprise. The operating system will be almost 15 years old by the time the official support ends. Making it one of the longest running operating systems of all time.
If you wish to find out more information on how and why Microsoft are ending support for the Windows XP operating system you can view it here
Microsoft has officially unveiled “Project Detroit,” Microsoft’s new concept car has been created with the intention of “inspiring developers to think about building apps and automotive technologies of the future.”
The very futuristic looking car glowing with neon blue LED’s has features that incorporates elements of Windows 8, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, Kinect, Windows Azure, Bing, Ford Sync and more!
Based on and built around the body of a 2012 Ford Mustang with a 1967 fastback body the Project Detriot car is a spectacle to behold.
A Microsoft spokes person stated that “With open-source code from Project Detroit, developers can do more than just imagine the possibilities – they can start building them”.
Intel’s new Ivy Bridge is on it’s way. Ivy Bridge is Intel’s third-gen microprocessor technology for the i3, i5 and i7 series of processors. It is the successor to the current second generation Sandy Bridge. Below are some of the exciting new features that will be arriving with the new Ivy Bridge technology.
Intel’s new Ivy Bridge New Features:
Ivy Bridge offers up to 20 percent CPU performance increase compared to Sandy Bridge and 30 to 100 percent increase in integrated GPU performance.
PCI Express 3.0
Ivy Bridge will support the new third generation PCI Express data transfer technologies. PCI 3.0 allows integration of extremely enhanced communication speed between the motherboard and PCI express cards such a s graphics and PCI hard drives. The new standard can carry a bit rate of 8 gigatransfers per second. It will also be backwards with current PCIe technology so no need to worry about having to trow away and PCIe 2.0 cards.
Enhanced RAM support
The Intel Ivy Bridge processor will support better RAM. It may go up to 2800MT/s in 200MHz increments.
Tri-gate transistor technology
Ivy Bridge is said to advance the much-touted tri-gate transistor technology. Along with increasing performance, the tri-gate transistor will consume 50 percent less energy with the same performance of 2-D planar transistors. This is a major advantage of the new Intel microprocessor chips.
Enhanced graphical support
Ivy Bridge offers enhanced graphical support , which extends support for Intel HD Graphics with DirectX 11, OpenCL 1.1 and OpenGL 3.1. Gaming and watching HD and 3D movies will be a more rich experience on computers powered by Ivy Bridge chips.
4K video playback
Ivy Bridge will support 4K video resolutions. 4K is the emerging standard for video resolution in digital film and graphics. Unlike the current vertical pixel counting 720 and 1080p etc. 4K counts horizontal resolution.