January 29, 2010 |
For Microsoft Corp.'s earnings, a new set of Windows made a huge difference. Boosted by the arrival of its Windows 7 operating system, Microsoft had a 14% rise in sales in its fiscal second quarter that ended Dec. 31, the software giant said Thursday. That helped make for a 60% jump in profit to $6.7 billion, or 74 cents a share, compared with a year earlier when the Redmond, Wash., company had net income of $4.17 billion, or 47 cents. Revenue increased to $19 billion from $16.6 billion.
October 23, 2009 |
Can Windows 7 repair Microsoft Corp.'s reputation and trigger enough sales to pull the technology sector out of its financial funk? That seemed to be the overriding question Thursday as Microsoft officially took the wraps off its latest operating system, much of which was already public knowledge, with more than 8 million testers having used it since January. In the past, thousands of technology companies could count on each release of a new Windows operating system to deliver its own economic stimulus: Millions of consumers would rush out to buy faster computers and companies would splurge on more powerful computer systems.
February 22, 2007 |
After years of delays and billions of dollars in development and marketing efforts, it would seem that Microsoft Corp. would want anyone who possibly can to buy its new Windows Vista operating system. Yet Microsoft is making it hard for Mac owners and other potentially influential customers to adopt the software. Microsoft says the blockade is necessary for security reasons. But that is disputed. The circumstances might simply reflect a business decision Microsoft doesn't want to explain.
March 25, 2006
THE LATEST DELAY IN THE NEW version of Microsoft Corp.'s flagship Windows software was a telltale sign that the Redmond, Wash., giant has, as they say in the NFL, lost a step. The more interesting question is whether Windows has lost some of its relevance too. In the 1990s, users would snap up the newest version of Windows because it promised significantly better tools. Windows 95, 98 and XP made the PC easier to operate.
January 30, 2007 |
Melissa Regan is not your typical "beta tester," the hardy breed of computer geek who seeks out the maddening bugs and glitches in software that other people try to avoid. But the 39-year-old mother of three agreed to test early versions of Microsoft Corp.'s new operating system, Vista, with a single goal: to banish generic, and generally unhelpful, computer terms such as "tools." "I told them, 'I want nothing labeled tools,' " said Regan, who lives in Germantown, Md.
January 8, 2009 |
The improvements to Microsoft Corp.'s next version of Windows may be incremental, but they could go a long way toward improving the software giant's reputation. Microsoft on Wednesday released to programmers a trial version of Windows 7, the follow-up to the Windows Vista operating system, which bruised the company with bad reviews and disappointing sales. A version of Windows 7 for consumers to test on their personal computers is expected Friday.
October 26, 2007 |
It can take a lot of time to master video games: Microsoft Corp. needed seven years. The world's biggest software company on Thursday reported its largest-ever quarterly profit for its division that makes the Xbox console and such games as the smash hit "Halo 3." Strong demand for "Halo" put Microsoft's entertainment division into the black with a $165-million profit, reversing a year-earlier loss of $142 million.
July 22, 2013 |
Forget touch screens; with the Leap Motion Controller you can direct your computer by simply waving your hands. Leap Motion, a San Francisco startup, introduced the idea of controlling your laptop or desktop through motion control early last year. After months and months of delay, the device is finally available for purchase. The controller works very much like the Xbox Kinect and the Nintendo Wii. You simply move your hand above the device to control your computer. The Leap Motion Controller looks like an oversized jump drive designed by Apple.
March 24, 2006 |
Microsoft Corp. may be languishing in its own success. When the software giant this week delayed until January the rollout of a long-awaited update to Windows, computer users yawned and financial markets barely budged. That ennui illustrates how rapidly personal computers have evolved from technological marvels to mere appliances and highlights the challenges facing Silicon Valley as it tries to make PCs sexy again.
October 24, 2009 |
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. said today its net income fell 18 percent in the last quarter, largely because it deferred revenue to let summertime PC buyers get free upgrades to Windows 7, which launched Thursday. Investors looked past that accounting decision, noting that if it had counted its deferred Windows revenue, Microsoft's earnings would have increased 8 percent from last year. Microsoft shares jumped $2.64, 10 percent, to $29.23 in morning trading, hitting a 52-week high.