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Industry analysts IDC have released new data on estimated sales of various tablets and what the company calls "detachables," with Apple's iPad Pro handily beating all comers to cause iPads generally to remain both the dominant dedicated tablet, with the iPad Pro now the leading "detachable," meaning a "hybrid" notebook that uses a tablet for its display that can also be used independently, like the Surface. The report comes on the heels that the iPad Pro accounts for 12 percent of all iPad sales, just six weeks after its debut.
Microsoft has announced its quarterly results for the company's second quarter of its fiscal year. The company posted revenue of $23.8 billion, with operating income of $6.0 billion. Microsoft reported net income coming in at $5.0 billion, a significant drop from $5.86 billion in the year-ago quarter. Regardless of the drop, the company posted $0.78 earnings per share, topping analysts' expectation of $0.70 per share.
Microsoft is working on the smartphone equivalent of its Surface tablet range, according to comments made by chief marketing officer Chris Capossela. Speaking in an interview, Capossela confirmed the company is trying to create a "breakthrough" smartphone, one that is the "spiritual equivalent" of the Surface product line, and one that could potentially increase the use of Windows on mobile devices.
Microsoft has apologized to owners of the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 for enduring a "less-than-perfect experience" with their tablet PCs. Acknowledging issues with both products, launched in October, the Microsoft Surface team has published a "Note to Our Customers," thanking them for supplying "candid feedback" on the two computing devices and advising it is continuing to work on solving the problems plaguing the Surface 4 since launch.
Microsoft posted its first quarter earnings for fiscal year 2016 yesterday evening, and surpassed its own expectations, as well as those of analysts. The company posted $20.4 billion in revenue, down 12 percent year over year. Expected contraction in the company's Productivity and Personal Computing departments were offset by growth in cloud services, as expected. Operating income came in at $5.8 billion, with a net income of $4.6 billion.
[Updated with pricing information of various configurations] Alongside the reveal of the HoloLens developers kit and the new version of the Band wearable, Microsoft refreshed its Surface Pro, in addition to adding a new laptop to the line. The Surface Pro 4 brings new processors, a higher-resolution screen, and a new pen to the now 12.3-inch device. The Surface Book is a larger convertible device, with a 13.5-inch detachable screen.
Of course you can't ever know what someone who has died would think of anything, but sometimes you can guess. This week, a lot of people are guessing that Steve Jobs would be turning in his grave, but we're going to say no to that. He wouldn't. We think he'd agree with the new Apple Pencil stylus -- and we know we do.
Rumors are circulating that Microsoft is planning a major refresh of its hardware offerings in October, ahead of the Christmas season. Expected at the show is a revision to the Surface Pro lineup with Intel's Skylake processor in part to utilize Windows Hello biometric login, Lumia 950 and 950XL handsets already widely leaked, and some discussion of a smaller Xbox One console -- although rumors of the latter seem especially poorly validated, with little to confirm the release.
Microsoft has quietly extended its Surface Pro 3 lineup, adding one more option to the existing collection of five tablets, as part of a few changes to its overall Surface range. The sixth tablet adds an extra Core i7 selection to the roster, and while it has the same core specifications as its high-end stablemates, Microsoft has shrunk the storage capacity down from 512GB and 256GB to just 128GB.
JetBlue passengers will soon be able to use Amazon Instant Video during flights. While most in-flight Internet services either block or are not capable of high-bandwidth applications, such as streaming video, a partnership between the airline and the retailer will let Amazon Prime subscribers view Prime Instant Video content through JetBlue's satellite-based "Fly-Fi" service at no extra cost. Passengers without a Prime subscription will be able to buy and rent shows during the flight, with Amazon.