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Microsoft 1Q18 Earnings are In, Surface Revenue Up 12%

By James A.

As I’m sure you know by now, the calendars of big companies don’t line up with the regular people calendars, since we’re dealing with fiscal years. Microsoft recently ended the first fiscal quarter of 2018 and the financial results are in, with good news coming from the Surface area.

Overall revenue jumped 12%, compared to the same period from a year ago, reaching $24.5 billion. The net revenue is $6.6 billion, which is a 16% increase from the same time last year. These numbers beat analyst expectations and had the shares booming. The biggest cash makers are the Productivity and Cloud units, growing 28% and 14% respectively. The Surface area grew 12% and the Surface laptops sold quite well, although we don’t have exact numbers.

The latest Surface Pro and Surface Laptop are said to have been moving fine, particularly in the Back to School time frame. This was the first full quarter of availability for both products. In the meantime phone revenue dropped to basically zero, but the Surface revenue went to 0.1 billion. Xbox Live had 53 million monthly active users, a 6 million growth from last year.

A future bump in revenue will be registered as soon as Costco moves to using the Azure platform, offering Microsoft another big revenue stream. Windows OEM Pro revenue also grew 7% and the non Pro one was down 1%. Office 365 is up 32% in profits, while overall commercial Office was up a total of 10%.

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Microsoft’s Head of Surface Segment, Panos Panay Basically Calls Rumors About Surface Canning Fake News

By Radu Iorga

A few days ago we had a scoop saying that Microsoft was about to can their Surface lineup entirely come 2019 or so. It seemed suspicious at the time, since Surface products are doing good and now a Microsoft official reacted and said it’s all basically fake news.

The boss of the Surface biz, Panos Panay criticized the rumors saying that Microsoft was about to get out of the Surface business. Interestingly, the story had serious sources, like Canalys CEO Steve Brazier and Gianfranco Lanci, corporate president at Lenovo. They both claimed that business wasn’t profitable for Microsoft, so an exit was expected. Since Microsoft’s own man claims that this is not happening, we tend to believe him.

Panay calls it a “tabloid rumor of the week”. Here’s the actual quote from Business Insider:

Microsoft isn’t running for the exits. Instead, the company is in hardware for the long haul, and Surface isn’t going anywhere, he said.

In part that’s because for Microsoft the Surface business is more important than selling hardware, he said. Improvements Microsoft has made to the Surface devices have often led to similar improvements across the entire PC market, he said. For example, as Microsoft has improved the speed and accuracy of its stylus, Surface Pen, that code has made its way back into Windows 10, improving the experience of using a stylus on PCs from other manufacturers.

To be honest we’ve heard such statements before, related to Windows RT, Windows Phone and Lumias and look where they are now. The Surface is getting much more love than these products to be honest, but the whole tablet segment has been stagnating for a while now, so let’s see what happens…

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New Surfaces rumored for late October reveal in London

By Peter Bright

Enlarge / Surface Pro with a Cobalt Blue Type Cover.

Microsoft is holding a two day event in London at the end of October called “Future Decoded.” A range of speakers, including Mark Russinovich, CTO of Azure, and Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical, will be speaking. Included among their number is Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Devices. Panay’s presence, according to sources speaking to The Verge, is because Microsoft will be releasing at least one new Surface-branded device at the event.

What that device may be isn’t known. We know, because the company has told us so, that a LTE version of the 2017 Surface Pro is planned, so Microsoft may use the unusual venue—most Surface events have been held in New York City—for a relatively minor release. Alternatively, the company may be moving away from using NYC for its Surface events; the 2017 Surface Pro itself was announced at an event in China.

Beyond the LTE Surface Pro, an updated Surface Book and a new generation of ARM-powered Windows devices are also possible candidates for the event. According to Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft is not yet ready to release updated versions of the Surface Hub whiteboard/conferencing system or the Surface Studio all-in-one PC, though both would be good candidates for a refresh once Intel’s Coffee Lake processors are on the market.

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Microsoft Surface Products Dropped from Consumer Reports Recommendation List; 25% of Devices Break in 2 Years Apparently

By James A.

Consumer Reports is basically your landmark and Michelin guide when it comes to buying electronic devices and other such gadgets. Microsoft enjoyed a privileged status in their rankings, with the Microsoft Surface Pro devices and other Surface machines, but now they’ve just been dropped. Why? Because they’re very prone to breakage.

Making things worse is that the Surface slates are very, very hard to repair, as revealed by teardowns. The magazine (Consumer Reports) found in a survey that 25% of the machines run into problems within 2 years. Microsoft quickly replied and said that the findings don’t reflect the Surface owners’ experience accurately. The Microsoft laptops and tablets from the series are all part of the magazine’s action.

While at first glance and in reviews, all the latest Surface tablets performed admirably, it’s with long ownership that the problems become clear. People talk about frozen computers, unexpected shutdowns and unresponsive screens, among others. Microsoft insists that its own figures for real world returns and support rates show custom satisfaction data similar or better compared to the rivals’.

Microsoft is still relatively new in the hardware biz, so they’re bound to take some punches. The Surface revenues were down 2% during the last quarter, but expectations are that they will increase over the current quarter, with the new models and all.

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Microsoft Teases May 23rd Event in Shanghai, Promises to “Show the World What’s Next”; Surface Pro 5 Incoming

By Radu Iorga

After the Surface Laptop launch this week, Microsoft has another event scheduled for May 23rd, happening in Shanghai. They teased that they’re going to “show the world what’s next”. The event happens in Shanghai, but we have no exact location, or the info about the product that’s about to debut.

It’s true that The Verge got a confirmation that we’re going to see new hardware. Panos Panay, Microsoft’s VP of devices and Surface creator also tweeted the announcement, with the hashtag #Surface, so things are clearer now. The Surface Pro 5 has been rumored to sport pretty much the same design as the predecessor and some of the hardware, but it’ll also bring the Intel Kaby Lake processor generation.

The device is said to adopt the proprietary power connector from Microsoft and a price over $1000 is obviously in the cards. New touch and type cover accessories should come, as well as new styli and Dials. Compared to the Surface Pro 4, the newcomer should bring larger RAM and storage quantities, if possible. The magnesium case and kickstand should also happen.

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