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Despite all the happy post-PC talk and the 4.9% drop in worldwide PC shipments last quarter, Windows is alive and well. Microsoft posted the numbers from its December quarter Thursday and revenues from its Windows Division were up 24% to $5.88 billion year-over-year while Windows profits were up 14%. Non-OEM revenue grew 40% driven by sales of Surface tablets and Windows upgrades. Microsoft previously said it had licensed more than 60 million copies of Windows 8, a trajectory equal to Windows 7, which came out in 2009 and now account for more than 60% of enterprise desktops by Redmond count. Microsoft's Server & Tools business, where its clouds are, was up 9.5% to $5.19 billion with profits up 8.8%, and Online Services, which houses Bing and has a history of losing money, was up 11% to $869 million. The Office unit, however, including the cloud version of Office, wa... (more)

HP Sells webOS to LG; Uses Android Itself

HP is selling webOS, the last vestige of its $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm in 2010. The once promising operating system is going to LG, the giant Korean electronics firm, which means to use it in smart TVs. According to CNET, which broke the story, LG is getting the webOS source code, licenses from HP, patents from Palm, related documentation, engineering talent and related webOS web sites on undisclosed terms. LG said it was definitely not using the widgetry in a smartphone. It's got Android for that. LG also said webOS will remain open source and supposedly it won't be forked... (more)

Installing the Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Experience Step-by-Step

In Windows Server 2012 we introduced a new version called Windows Server 2012 Essentials edition.  The Essentials server is very flexible and easy-to-use.  This was a server solution that was primarily designed and priced for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices.  This provided a great first server for many customers, as well as it can be used as the primary server in a multi-server environment for small businesses. With the new Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Server we really added many features to make this an even more rounded server.  The Essential server al... (more)

Windows 8.1 Deployment in Action | Part 1

Good day everyone!  In our recent set of IT camps we talked about Windows 8.1 in the enterprise, one of the topics we discussed was deployment technologies.  So I decided to put together a series of screencasts to talk about deploying Windows 8.1.  More importantly throughout these screencasts all the tools I will show are FREE or built-in to Windows Server 2012 R2. In this part I take a quick tour of deployment technologies and tools.  You will also see a full deployment in action.  Enjoy! Resources: Windows Server 2012 R2: http://aka.ms/getwindowsserver2012R2 Microsoft Deploy... (more)

Windows for ARM Will Be Windows RT

When Windows on ARM (WOA) finally hits the market it's going to be called Windows RT, not Windows 8. The designation Windows 8 is reserved for x86/64 widgets run by Intel and AMD chips. The decision complicates promotion and one can easily imagine Intel insisting on profiting from whatever momentum has built up for the coming of Windows 8. But the branding decision is more likely Microsoft's own so it can make it clear that Windows RT isn't backwards-compatible like Windows 8 - it's still going to be an educational hurdle for some people - and something of a new start for Micros... (more)

What Ever Happened to ‘Device Convergence’?

I'm sitting here at yet another user group meeting... perhaps you've seen me at one or at TechWave, or perhaps you have seen pictures of me at them on Facebook. I've got a laptop propped open where I'm usually working on some pet sample code project. Next to it is my iPad in its case/stand with an external keyboard where I'm taking notes on the event for my WordPress blog and perhaps sending out Twitter updates. Next to that is my Android smartphone so I can text message, go on Facebook, and take still photos of the event. And somewhere in the general vicinity is the Panasonic Lu... (more)