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Dell's profit fell 47 percent to 39 cents per share while revenue dropped 11 percent to $13.7 billion

Dell's financial report for the third quarter seems to have missed the targets predicted by Wall Street on many levels due to sluggish PC sales.

For Q3 2012, Dell's profit fell 47 percent to 39 cents per share while revenue dropped 11 percent to $13.7 billion from a year previous (Wall Street expected $13.9 billion). Its net income fell from $893 million (49 cents per share) in Q3 2011 to $475 million (27 cents per share) in Q3 2012.

A large reason for Dell's financial tumble is the lack of demand for PC upgrades. Dell's PC shipments fell 8.3 percent in Q3 2012 from a year earlier.

“In a difficult global IT spending environment we saw solid proof points that demonstrate progress in our strategy,” said Brian Gladden, Dell CFO. “A highlight has been the strong progress of our newly introduced servers, with our server and networking business up 11 percent. We’re also encouraged by early interest in our new Windows 8 touch portfolio and the opportunities it creates for our commercial and consumer businesses.”

Looking forward, Dell predicts a fourth quarter revenue of $14 billion to $14.4 billion, which is a bit less than the $14.5 billion analysts were shooting for. In Q4 2011, revenue was $16 billion.

In response to all of this disappointing news, Dell stock dropped to $8.81 this morning, which is the lowest its been since March 12, 2009.

While Dell is looking to Windows 8 for some kind of revival, the new operating system hasn't provided any immediate boost for PC makers. In fact, Gladden said Windows 8 wouldn't affect Dell's financial results for the next two quarters.

"The client business continues to be challenging," said Gladden. "Commercial customers tend to be lagging adopters of a new operating system. They're going to wait."

To make matters worse, Microsoft doesn't solely depend on PC makers for hardware anymore. Last month, it released its first tablet hardware, Surface RT, which features the RT version of the Windows 8 mobile OS. Next year, Microsoft plans to release the Surface Pro, which will run Windows 8 Pro.

Source: Dell

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RE: Some advice.........
By TakinYourPoints on 11/18/2012 5:00:53 PM , Rating: 3
I'm amazed that you mentioned faster performance on slower hardware, btw. I thought I could count on you being at least a little more balanced than the standard Fandroid, but bringing up superior performance on slower hardware speaks of either surprising ignorance or delusion that would make a Mactard jealous.

Even when WP7 was briefly on decent hardware it was far smoother and snappier on slower clocked hardware than Android, and the same has always been the case with iOS. iOS has consistently run circles around Android hardware running at 30%-50% faster clock speeds. Part of it is Android (even JB) being a comparatively inefficient OS, and another part of it is the difference between Java and Objective-C/C/C++ performance in applications that do use Java. Android simply needs more horsepower, which translates to the need for larger batteries, which drives larger chassis/screens, and so on.

Again, its fine if you bring up things like bigger screens, SD card slots, keyboards, whatever, those are legitimate reasons to go with something else, but keep it in the realm of reality.

RE: Some advice.........
By retrospooty on 11/18/2012 7:59:59 PM , Rating: 2
My point by that is the OS is just better. It flows better even on the old OMAP in the G nexus. Dang dood, you seem to be in serious denial about the OS. Even Tony doesn't debate that point anymore... and Testerguy is buying a Nexus 4. LOL. Your minority is shrinking more each week that goes by with each powerhouse Android phone announced and feature update released. Android 4.2 brings more improvements , while IOS 6 may as well be called IOS 3.3

I know your dinosaur works for you but most people prefer to get more and pay less

RE: Some advice.........
By TakinYourPoints on 11/18/2012 9:23:04 PM , Rating: 2
No it isn't, the old OMAP on the Galaxy Nexus is noticeably choppier than iOS on the older iPhone 4! What world are you living in? This has been the case for years, and the gap continues still.

There is no denial here, the difference in performance is something that even Google is well aware of and has been trying to address with each release of Android.

In the end the best Android devices are still slower than the iPhone 5, with half the LTE browsing time, and with an inferior app market.

Powerhouse Android phones? Point me to them, please. Right now your position is based on being proud of the sheer volume of low end devices out there, not the quality of the high end.

RE: Some advice.........
By TakinYourPoints on 11/18/2012 9:43:27 PM , Rating: 3
I'm still surprised that you guys here are in denial to this degree.

Even the biggest Android fan has at least copped to choppier UI performance than iOS and WP, now I'm hearing revisionism from you guys that Android was always smoother to begin with, something that it finally (and barely) caught up with in JB. Actually, it still isn't as smooth as iOS6 on the iPhone 5.

Then you talk about performance being better on Android devices when it objectively isn't (even on the international Galaxy S3), and you talk about superior battery life when the S3 has literally half the LTE browse time of an iPhone 5. The difference in app quality continues, but it either "doesn't exist" or "doesn't matter". Whatever.

And the basis of Android's popularity is on the massive volume of low end devices out there, something you either sweep under the rug or that you're proud of.

They say that the RDF is restricted to Apple fans but clearly it isn't, amazing! What fantasy are you going to cook up next?

RE: Some advice.........
By Tony Swash on 11/19/2012 9:12:38 AM , Rating: 2
I have to say that this whole thread reminds me of this

RE: Some advice.........
By retrospooty on 11/19/2012 9:36:48 AM , Rating: 2
LOL... OK it is kind of ridiculous, we can all admit that, assuming that you are lumping yourself in with the rest of us. Defending a company on the internet is pretty much your claim to fame here at AT/DT. ;)

RE: Some advice.........
By Tony Swash on 11/19/2012 10:46:34 AM , Rating: 2
assuming that you are lumping yourself in with the rest of us

Totally. None of this makes any sense nor does it have any true significance and at the same time one can feel very passionate about it. My definition of a hobby :)

BTW this cartoon has become a running joke between me and my wife :)

RE: Some advice.........
By retrospooty on 11/19/2012 3:08:26 PM , Rating: 2
LOL... True.

What a bunch of dorks.

RE: Some advice.........
By retrospooty on 11/20/2012 11:55:18 AM , Rating: 2
"is has been the case for years,"

BTW, WTH are you going on about here? For years? The Galaxy Nexus hasnt even been out 1 year.

"I'm hearing revisionism from you guys that Android was always smoother"

Again, who said that? I am talking about Jelly Bean, it came out a few months ago. Older chips like the OMAP on the Galaxy Nexus running Jelly runs fast.

I know you like to massively up-play Apple's advantages, but your whole argument is just mistaken. OK, we arent buying Gingerbread phones in late 2012. It's JellyBean now, consider any conversation to be about today, not last year. As far as the fastest chip, yes, Apple gets that, but its a bit like me saying my Ivy bridge i7 is faster than your Nehalem i7. Both are crazy fast and the difference is tiny in 99.9% of all situations. Honestly, this gross exaggeration of any Apple advantage is tiring. You do it with speed, apps, LCD. Its kind of silly at this point.

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