We all know that Windows dominates the OS market in terms of market share, but rarely do you see someone talk about the most important number in the OS wars, revenue. Today Gartner offered up its estimations on the various OS player’s, and the results put Microsoft in a dominant lead, with $8 out of every $10 spent on operating systems ending up in the companies coffers. The results, which include server products, give the Redmond based software giant a 78.6% share of the pie, with Apple scraping by on a mere 1.7 percent. When you consider that in 2010 the OS market was worth $30.4 billion, the stakes here are definitely worth pay attention to.
AMD’s interim CEO Thomas Seifert appeared to be enjoying his position as top dog on Friday when he reported a whopping$1.65 billion in revenue, and over $375 million in net income. In addition to the unusually strong financial numbers, he also reported that AMD has shipped over 1.3 million Fusion APUs to AMD partners since deliveries began back in November. That’s a very impressive statistic for such a new part. Fusion based notebooks only just started trickling out over the past few weeks, but based on these figures we expect this will change very soon.
Fusion wasn’t the only winner in AMD’s portfolio for 2010 either, Seifert was proud to report that over 35 million Radeon HD 5000 and HD 6000 series DirectX 11 GPUs have shipped since they hit the market just over one year ago. Numbers like these make the PC one of the bestselling gaming platforms on the market, a point AMD was no doubt trying to drive home.
Intel still dwarfs AMD’s sales several times over, but I’m sure everyone here is glad to see a competitive AMD back on the prowl.
Microsoft’s performance during the fourth quarter not only exceeded the Street’s expectations but also saved some blushes. The Redmond-based company earned $16.04 billion in revenue, a 22% rise compared to the same period last year, and enough to get it past Apple’s quarterly revenue of $15.7 billion. The Street had foreseen Apple bettering Microsoft’s quarterly revenue for the first time ever, but MS had other plans.
Windows 7 continued its stellar performance during the quarter and, along with Office 2010, accounted for a large part of the company’s growth. “We saw strong sales execution across all of our businesses, particularly in the enterprise with Windows 7 and Office 2010,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer.
According to a press release issued by the company, “Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $5.93 billion, $4.52 billion and $0.51 per share, which represented increases of 49%, 48% and 50%, respectively, when compared with the prior year period.”
Acer is well on course to overtake Hewlett-Packard as the world's leading laptop vendor by the end of this year, according to Chairman J.T. Wang. He said that better-than-expected performance in some countries should see revenues jump 10-15 percent sequentially in the third quarter. He made the comments while addressing shareholders at a meeting.
However, Acer may have already pipped HP to the top spot in the netbook market. Gartner's research shows that the Taiwanese PC vendor finished the first quarter as the world's leading notebook seller ahead of HP, though the gap between the two was marginal – 9.49 million notebooks to HP's 9.47 million.
Wang said that the company has managed to grow even in the face of the ongoing debt crisis in Europe. More importantly, Acer hasn't resorted to price hikes to offset the recent wage increases in China. Moving forward, the world's number two PC vendor hopes to make a dent in the smartphone market aided by Google Android.
Soccer madness is upon us. If you're a true geek, you're watching game, after game, after game of this year's World Cup from the privacy of your personal computer. It's not that hard to find an online stream of any of the games in this year's tournament, and it's the perfect way to combine your love of the foot-ball and your need to actually get work done during the day. Can't lug a television into your cubicle, after all-right?
Anywho, two Firefox add-ons come to mind when I dream of soccer balls, 90+ minute feats of endurance, and that annoying horn sound buzzing in the background of every single match I watch. One of these add-ons is pure entertainment--it does nothing to enhance your Firefox experience beyond expressing your pride for a particular World Cup team in a grand, digital popularity contest. The other, however, is the add-on for up-to-the-minute World Cup scores... and more!
As I mentioned in my previous Firefox Add-on of the Week, it's World Cup time here in the ol', er, world. And just as there's a handy add-on or two for those interesting in keeping up with the latest scores and information via their Mozilla-based browser, so is there an equivalent way to stay on top of the World Cup through Google Chrome.
Just like before, I'm going to take a quick look at two different extensions for the browser. Unlike my choices for Firefox, however, there aren't any prettied-up or theme-changing elements to go around this time. It's nothing but pure soccer in this week's batch of extensions--whether you want to watch stats or watch the games directly, you're covered.
Google’s face-off with Chinese authorities and subsequent exit from that country left local search provider Baidu with virtually no competition. In fact, Google’s exit couldn’t have come at a better time for China’s top online search provider, which was beginning to face some stiff resistance Google.
Baidu just posted its first quarter results and they seem to suggest that it is doing a good job of devouring around 40 percent of the market that had Google written all over it until not a long ago. Compared to the same period last year, its net income shot up by 165% to $70.4 million during the first quarter. Revenues also witnessed a year-over-year increase of 59.6 percent to reach $189.6 million.
An year ago, when the PC industry was retreating in the face of a rampant financial tsunami, Microsoft wrote a bit of history, albeit for all the wrong reasons. It registered its maiden year-on-year revenue decline back then. But now that an economic recovery is well underway, Microsoft is riding a wave of its own – the Windows 7 wave. The company posted its third-quarter results on Thursday.
During the quarter ended Mar. 31, 2010, its earnings reached $4.01 billion after rising 35% as compared to the the previous year. Revenue also registered an increase of 6% and reached $14.50 billion. The strong showing can safely be attributed to Windows 7, which is “by far the fastest-selling operating system in history.”
“Windows 7 continues to be a growth engine, but we also saw strong growth in other areas like Bing search, Xbox LIVE and our emerging cloud services,” said Microsoft CFO Peter Klein. “Our record third-quarter revenue along with continued rigor on cost management resulted in exceptional EPS growth.”
It is important to note that Microsoft has chosen to defer $305 million of revenue from its Office productivity suite. This is due to the fact that these Office sales are covered by the ongoing Microsoft Office 2010 Technology Guarantee program.
Bing has come a long way since it launched a few months back, but few can argue with the reality that Google is still the king of search. They always seem to know exactly what you were looking for, even when you only provide the vaguest of guidance with your inquiry.
It turns out the secret to their hyper accurate results isn't as complicated as you might think, and despite appearances, Google isn't actually reading your mind. We all know Google collects a ton of personal data about us as we surf, but they now fully admit to using the data gathered from your search and surfing history to create a comprehensive profile of you based on your interests to help refine search results. It sounds creepy I know, but it turns out its a rather useful feature.
Bryan Horling and Robby Bryant of Google have put together a short YouTube clip you can view after the jump to explain the process in more detail if your curious. For those that aren't comfortable with this level of tracking, the video also teaches you how to remove your web history from Google's servers if you value privacy over function. It is a useful feature to leave in place, but it certainly drives home just how much Google knows about us these days. Don't forget to check out the new Google Dashboard if you're interested in learning "just how much" they actually know.
Are you comfortable with the idea of having to opt out when it comes to privacy?
Nvidia’s second quarter profits are evidence poor quality costs much more than just bad PR. The company recorded a charge of $119 million to cover warranty costs associated with faulty die and weak packaging materials used in its graphics chips. This is significantly better than the $196 million it had already written off for the same reason, but it was still much higher than analysts were expecting.
Most of these issues can be traced back to a faulty solder bump that was discovered in its 8M-series mobile graphics chip. Nvidia estimated at the time that the warranty costs could be somewhere in the range of $200 million, but clearly the $315+ million they have already spent shows they were perhaps a bit overly conservative in their estimates. This might be a result of the problem reportedly cropping up in G92 and G94 series mobile cards as well, but Nvidia has been pretty tight lipped on the issue.
When asked to comment on the charge Nvidia downplayed the impact and described them as a small distraction. Nvidia President and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang claims it hasn’t impacted Nvidia’s ability to launch new products, and he expects profits to rise in the near future. Huang is being optimistic, but he is likely hoping to reassure investors who saw the company’s revenue drop this quarter to $776.5 million from $892.6 million only a year ago. “The company has invested in new products such as Tesla, a graphics processing unit for high-performance computing, and low-power Tegra chips for mobile devices. The products should start contributing to the revenue stream soon”, Huang said.