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  (Source: itsalltech.com)
Microsoft reported a 2.7 percent increase in overall revenue thanks to a small boost from Windows 8

Windows 8 didn't hit the ground running the way Microsoft thought it would after the October 2012 release, but it did offer a small boost in the company's latest financial earnings report.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2012, Microsoft reported a 2.7 percent boost in revenue to $21.5 billion from $20.9 billion in the year-ago quarter. However, the Windows maker saw a 3.7 percent drop in profit to $6.38 billion (76 cents a share) from $6.62 billion (78 cents a share) one year ago.

Microsoft saw a revenue increase of 24 percent in its Windows division to $5.88 billion (or 11 percent when adjusted for early sales of Windows 8) for the second quarter, which was the first to include Windows 8.

Microsoft didn't offer sales figures for its first homemade tablet, Surface with Windows RT. The new version -- Surface with Windows 8 Pro -- is expected to hit store shelves on February 9.

“Our big, bold ambition to reimagine Windows as well as launch Surface and Windows Phone 8 has sparked growing enthusiasm with our customers and unprecedented opportunity and creativity with our partners and developers,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO at Microsoft. “With new Windows devices, including Surface Pro, and the new Office on the horizon, we’ll continue to drive excitement for the Windows ecosystem and deliver our software through devices and services people love and businesses need.”

Windows 8, which was released in late October 2012, was met with plenty of criticism for its massive redesign. However, many PC makers (such as Dell) were hoping that it'd be the saving grace for the PC market, where hardware sales had been declining over the years as mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) exploded onto the scene.

But many PC makers didn't see a huge increase in sales with Windows 8. And while Microsoft hasn't released sales figures for its Surface tablet yet, reports last month indicated that the new device took a sales hit due to a lack of distribution. Microsoft had only offered the Surface with Windows RT online and at Microsoft stores (and there are a little over 60 stores total in the U.S.).

In mid-December, Microsoft finally allowed third-party retailers to sell the Surface. Surface with Windows RT also made its way to Australia in mid-December, and will do so in other countries in the following months.

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that 60 million Windows 8 licenses were sold. However, 60 million licenses sold doesn't mean that there are 60 million Windows 8 devices out there.
 

In today's financial earnings report for Q2, Microsoft also announced declines in its Entertainment and Devices division (including Xbox) of 11 percent to $3.77 billion and its Business division (including Microsoft Office) of 10 percent to $5.69 billion from a year earlier.

Microsoft's shares were down 2.1 percent in after-hours trading today to $27.63.

Source: Microsoft



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No touchy till SP1
By krazeyivan on 1/25/2013 8:33:02 AM , Rating: 2
Windows 8 as it stands is broken - as I mentioned before DPC latency is broken - possibly not fixable as power saving redesign occured and DirectX 10 is also broken.

I'll see if SP1 fixes the biggies THEN I might test on a virtual machine - otherwise no deal.




RE: No touchy till SP1
By inighthawki on 1/27/2013 3:39:40 PM , Rating: 2
There's nothing wrong with the DPC latency or DX10, please explain how you arrived at these conclusions.


RE: No touchy till SP1
RE: No touchy till SP1
By krazeyivan on 1/28/2013 2:08:19 PM , Rating: 2
RE: No touchy till SP1
By inighthawki on 1/28/2013 4:10:20 PM , Rating: 2
http://www.thesycon.de/deu/latency_check.shtml

"Windows 8 Compatibility: The DPC latency utility runs on Windows 8 but does not show correct values. The output suggests that the Windows 8 kernel performs badly and introduces a constant latency of one millisecond which is not the case in practice. DPCs in the Windows 8 kernel behave identical to Windows 7. The utility produces incorrect results because the implementation of kernel timers has changed in Windows 8 which causes a side effect with the measuring algorithm used by the utility. Thesycon is working on a new version of the DPC latency utility and will make it available on this site as soon as it is finished."

Also, your DX10 issue is a single piece of software that is probably written poorly. If DX10 broke in Windows 8, there would be way more people noticing games breaking.


RE: No touchy till SP1
By krazeyivan on 1/29/2013 3:48:04 AM , Rating: 2
And yet as the articles I mentioned (the anandtech thread in particular) show Windows 8 still has issues related to DPC latency - that software may not show windows 8 values correctly but its still broken - they went too far with power conservation since it has to cater for the tablet market, anyone streaming video games or any audio professional will do well to give Windows 8 a miss for now.

Also a completely different side note - my friend has an ultrabook he brought over the other day and he is not impressed and he is the targetted user they were going for. He hated the fact that you have 2 versions of many apps - and that any open windows apps seem to jump to the forefront every 15 mins without being asked.


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