Microsoft has just released its earnings report for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year. As expected, the company took a nearly $8 billion write-off for costs associated with its acquisition of Nokia’s phone business.
So it’s probably not all that surprising that the company says revenue from its Devices and Consumer business declined. Windows OEM revenue was also down, as PC makers (and shoppers) wait for a new crop of computers that will ship with Windows 10. Or something.
But now that the company has taken its write-off for Windows Phone hardware, the future could be a bit brighter. And if Windows 10 is successful, it could encourage consumers and enterprise customers to buy new laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other products designed to run Microsoft’s new operating system.
On the other hand, revenue from the Microsoft Surface tablet division is up, as is revenue from Xbox, search and advertising, and commercial cloud services.
- Microsoft earnings report
It’s not all bad news — revenue from the Surface tablet division is up, as is revenue from Xbox, search and advertising, and commercial cloud services. [Microsoft]
- Now you can root an Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 smartphone
The phone has been getting positive reviews for punching above its class… and now it could be a more versatile solution for power users. [xda-developers]
- Google+ Photos is shutting down to make way for Google Photos
You don’t need to be an active Google+ user to take advantage of Google’s new online photo service… and in fact, soon you won’t be able to use the version that was originally designed for the company’s social network. [Google+]
- Report: Google Glass Enterprise Edition will be foldable and rugged
They’ll reportedly look a lot like the Explorer Edition devices that had been available previously… but Google won’t try to hard to partner with fashion designers to make them look stylish. [9to5Google]
- You’ll be able to install Windows 10 apps on an SD card… eventually
Have a cheap tablet with barely any internal storage space? You might be hoping to install some apps on a microSD card. You’ll be able to do that with Windows 10… just not when the operating system launches on July 29th. That feature is coming later. [WinSuperSite]
- Jet.com launches a $49/year members-only store to take on Amazon
The idea is that you pay $49 per year for membership into a club that only sells discounted goods… everything’s on sale. It’s like the online version of Sam’s Club. But Jet feels like its prices are competitive enough with Amazon that it even shows price comparisons. But after doing a little searching, I definitely found some items that are not cheaper on Jet. They offer a free 3-month trial if you want to check it out though. [Jet]