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

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

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

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, for example, a service for creating machine images for multiple platforms from one source configuration. Read More

Microsoft Starts Pre-Orders For The Surface Pro 3 Docking Station

SUR_Pro3_Dock_Front_Back Microsoft revealed its Surface Pro 3 earlier this year, and now there’s a new accessory up for sale, following the official shipping launch of the new Surface last month. The new gadget is a Docking Station, which provides a host of external input and output ports for the Surface Pro 3, including three USB 3.0 ports, a 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet port, and a security lock slot, along… Read More

Political Leaders Rebuke Microsoft’s Mass Layoffs

microsoft-earnings Microsoft’s record layoffs have picked up negative attention from governmental authorities and leaders, even as the cuts have been largely welcomed by investors and the broader market. The software company accreted more than 20,000 employees when it acquired the majority of Nokia’s hardware assets. In the wake of that deal’s closing, Microsoft announced 18,000 cuts to its… Read More

Gillmor Gang: Yotifications

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Danny Sullivan, Alexia Tsotsis, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — react with nervous jokes as all eyes turn to the success of Yo, the single-minded communication app that has one thing on its little mind. But wait a minute, what’s surreally going on here as BetaWorks’ John Borthwick leads an investment round on the love child union of… Read More