Bing on WP7
Microsoft is building momentum for WP7 launch and here are a few screenshots of Bing running on WP7 (source).
Nokia Profit Drops
Nokia is having a tough time and it’s quite an irony that even though the company has shipped more devices, but profits continue to decline.
Key Q2 2010 Numbers
- Net sales topped 10 Billion Euros
- Nokia shipped more than 111 million mobile devices
- Net profit drown by 40%
- Devices & Services gross margin of 30.2%, down from 34.0% in Q2 2009 and 32.4% in Q1 2010.
“In smartphones, we continue to renew our portfolio. We believe that the Nokia N8, the first of our Symbian^3 devices, will have a user experience superior to that of any smartphone Nokia has created. The Nokia N8 will be followed soon thereafter by further Symbian^3 smartphones that we are confident will give the platform broader appeal and reach, and kick-start Nokia’s fightback at the higher end of the market.” – Nokia CEO [source]
Heard that before?
Microsoft’s Solid Quarterly Results
Microsoft announced record fourth-quarter revenue of $16.04 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, a 22% increase from the same period of the prior year. 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.
Windows 7 has sold more than 175 million licenses to date.
For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010, Microsoft reported record revenue of $62.48 billion, a 7% increase from the prior year. Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the year were $24.10 billion, $18.76 billion and $2.10, which represented increases of 18%, 29% and 30%, respectively, when compared with the prior year.
“Our transition to cloud services is well underway with offerings like Windows Azure and our Business Productivity Online Services, and we look forward to continuing our product momentum this fall with the upcoming launches of Windows Phone 7 and Xbox Kinect.”
Free WP7 to MS Employees
Microsoft is giving away free Windows Phone (WP7) to its employees. Not for fun, but for building apps for the company.
WP7: application developers in the queue? We need to re-enforce the cool apps that we’ll have ready when WP7 is launched. In a move that has totally delighted me, Microsoft is giving every employee the ability to write and deploy WP7 applications (and, what, ability to get a device at launch, too?) – wow! Now’s the time to truly show off your stuff and write for WP7 and get your app out the door. [source | via]
Smart way to start building an app community/evangelists.
OlivePad, India’s first 3G Tablet
Olive Telecom has launched OlivePad, Android OS based touch notebook allowing browsing, IM, GPS for maps and has an ebook reader as well.
Nokia C6 in India
The much awaited Nokia C6 will be launched in September at a price range of Rs. 12,000-14,000.