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By Rich Woods
Microsoft earnings: $37.2B revenue with big Surface and gaming growth
by Rich Woods
Today, Microsoft announced its earnings for the first quarter of its 2021 fiscal year. Overall revenue grew by 12% (12% in constant currency) over the same quarter last year for a total of $37.2 billion. That's broken up into Productivity and Business Processes with $12.3B revenue and 11% (11% CC) growth), Intelligent Cloud with $13B revenue and 20% (19% CC) growth, and More Personal Computing with $11.8B revenue and 6% (6% CC) growth.
In the Productivity and Business Processes department, it was led by 9% increase in Office Commercial products and cloud services, including 21% (20% CC) growth in Office 365 Commercial. The other piece of products and cloud services, the products, declined 30% as more businesses move to the cloud.
For consumers, Office products and cloud services revenue grew by 13%, and Microsoft 365 Consumer subscribers are now at 45.3 million, a 27% increase. LinkedIn revenue grew by 16%, and sessions grew by 31%. For Dynamics, products and cloud services revenue grew by 19% (18% CC), driven by Dynamics 365 revenue, which grew by 38% (37% CC).
As usual, Azure drove the growth in the Intelligent Cloud section. All Server products and cloud services grew by 22% (21% CC), and that includes a 48% (47% CC) growth in Azure. Server products actually declined 1%.
For More Personal Computing, Windows OEM revenue actually declined by 5%, but that actually includes 31% growth in non-Pro revenue, so there was also a 22% decline in Pro revenue. Windows Commercial products and cloud services grew 13% (12% CC).
Surface revenue saw a big boost, with a 37% (36% CC) increase. For this and the increase in Windows non-Pro revenue, Microsoft attributes increased PC demand. Gaming revenue increased by 22% (21% CC), inclusing a 30% increase in Xbox content and services. Finally, search advertising revenue, excluding traffic acquisition costs, was down 10% (11% CC).
By News Staff
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By Abhay V
Microsoft delays the fifth Flight Simulator patch by a few days due to autopilot issues
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft has announced that it will be delaying the fifth Flight Simulator patch by a few days that was slated to be made available today. The company has cited some last-minute issues with the autopilot on multiple planes, because of which it will need a few more days to iron out the problems.
Here is the complete announcement:
According to the updated Feedback Snapshot from last week, the patch is expected to bring fixes for issues with the terrain emitting light, the promised removal of the ‘Press Any Key to Start’ prompt – something was originally planned in the earlier patches, the ability to disable cockpit tooltips, and more. It is possible that the company will share an updated snapshot as part of this week’s roadmap containing more information about what it plans to address with the fifth patch.
Considering that the announcement says that the patch is delayed just by a “few days”, it will not be surprising if it is released before the end of this week. With the highest voted issue also containing autopilot issues, it is best for the firm to release an update that does not add to the problems.
As for other Flight Simulator news, the firm is closer to releasing the VR beta, with emails for the first wave of the closed beta expected to be sent out soon to users running Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
Cyberpunk 2077 hit with another delay, now releasing on December 10
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
With less than a month to go before CD Projekt RED's latest RPG Cyberpunk 2077 was set to launch, the studio has announced another delay to the game. It's not a drastic one this time, as this delay pushes the launch back by only 21 days. Instead of November 19, Cyberpunk 2077 will now launch on December 10 across all platforms.
While apologizing for this latest delay, CD Projekt RED said that preparing essentially nine versions of the game for a simultaneous launch - "Xbox One/X, compatibility on Xbox Series S|X, PS4/Pro, compatibility on PS5, PC, Stadia" - while working from home has been challenging.
"Since Cyberpunk 2077 evolved towards almost being a next-gen title somewhere along the way, we need to make sure everything works well and every version runs smoothly," said the developer, explaining the situation. "We're aware it might seem unrealistic when someone says that 21 days can make a difference in such a massive and complex game, but they really do."
The studio added that while it announced Cyberpunk 2077 had 'gone gold', with all game content being ready for shipping, it had undercalculated the time it needed to make other improvements using a day 0 update.
If the latest plans hold, Cyberpunk 2077 will be releasing on December 10, 2020. An enhanced next-gen version of the game is also in development, which will be landing sometime later for Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 with free upgrades to current-gen owners.
By Rich Woods
Microsoft is apparently launching vertical tabs in Edge Dev today [Update: now live]
by Rich Woods
It's been a while since Microsoft announced vertical tabs for its Edge browser, and the feature has been available in the Canary channel since August. All you have to do to use it is enable a flag. Now, it's seemingly coming to the Dev channel today.
The news is according to a now-deleted tweet from the Edge Dev Twitter account. The tweet strangely linked to a blog post from earlier this month about a new favorites experience.
We're also due for a new Edge Dev build. Microsoft releases new builds to the Dev channel weekly, and typically on Tuesdays, so the timing here lines up. It also seems likely given that this feature has been available in the Canary channel for so long.
The team will announce the new Edge Dev build when it's available, and it should contain more detailed instructions on how to use the vertical tabs feature. Unlike the Canary builds, you probably won't need to activate a flag to use the feature in the Dev channel. When it is active though, there will be a toggle in the top-left to turn the feature on or off.
Update: It's official, and the feature is now live. You don't need to enable a flag; just click the icon in the top-left of the browser. You also don't need to install a new Edge Dev build. This seems to be a server-side change.