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VMware to launch cloud infrastructure suite

Setting the stage for cloud deployments, VMware will update many of its core products and bundle them into an integrated release, called the Cloud Infrastructure Suite, the company announced Tuesday.

Citrix moves into the cloud with purchase

Jumping into the quickly growing market of cloud software providers, virtualization software provider Citrix has purchased open-source cloud software provider, the companies announced Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Ballmer: Windows Phone 7 not successful yet

While Microsoft has enjoyed many successes over the past year, Windows Phone 7 hasn't been among them, admitted Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer during the opening keynote Monday at the 2011 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, being held this week in Los Angeles.

IETF looks at IPv6 for home networking

The Internet Engineering Task Force is considering establishing a working group to smooth some of the impending issues around setting up and maintaining IPv6-based Internet connections into homes.

CA modernises the mainframe with updated stack

Addressing some of the problems faced by mainframe operators today, CA Technologies has updated its stack of mainframe management software to help cut costs and simplify management.

Windows 8 demos spur developer worries

After two brief demonstrations of Microsoft's next-generation operating system, third-party Microsoft Windows developers are expressing frustration over what they consider a lack of clear direction on how to develop applications for Windows 8.

Google releases video chat source code

Google has released the source code for a technology that it hopes developers will use to embed real-time video and voice chat functionality in their Web applications.

Microsoft's quarter rescued by Office sales

Microsoft enjoyed strong income and revenue growth for its third fiscal quarter despite sluggish PC sales, with Xbox and Office doing well, the company reported on Thursday.
For the quarter that ended March 31, Microsoft reported net income of US$5.23 billion, up 31 percent from the same period last year. Third-quarter revenue was $16.43 billion, a jump of 13 percent. Diluted earnings came in at $0.61 per share, up 36 percent.
"We delivered strong financial results despite a mixed PC environment, which demonstrates the strength and breadth of our businesses," Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein said in a statement.
Overall, Windows 7 revenue shrank by approximately 4 percent when compared to the same time last year, from $4.6 billion to $4.4 billion. The company attributed this slackening of demand to sluggish PC sales.
Other business units made up the difference, however. Buoyed by strong Microsoft Office sales, the Microsoft business division generated more revenue than the Windows unit this quarter. It generated $5.2 billion, a jump of 21 percent from last year's $4.3 billion.
Entertainment and devices division revenue grew by 60 percent, coming in at $1.9 billion this quarter, up from $1.2 billion a year ago, owing to strong sales of the Xbox, the Xbox Live service and the Xbox Kinect controller.
Server and tools division revenue grew by 11 percent, to $4.1 billion from last year's $3.7 billion, thanks to continued demand for Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008 R2 and other products and services.
Shareholders are receiving a bonus this year of $0.05 per share, thanks to an audit settlement with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service that covered the tax years 2004 to 2006.
Not all the business units proved to be profitable, however. The online services division posted a $726 million loss, which is actually a 3 percent increase from the $709 million loss the year before. The company's agreement to provide Yahoo with search technology has also been criticized for lackluster early results. In a conference call, Klein argued that the company is still concentrating on improving user experiences for the services, which should bring greater revenue in the future.
With Microsoft's Bing search engine, "we have made great strides in relevancy and design," he said, while admitting that "revenue per search is below our expectations."
"While we are pleased with the progress we have made with Bing, there is significant work ahead to improve the monetization of the combined Yahoo and Bing marketplace," he added.
Klein also anticipated that the company's recent partnership with Nokia will help bring more customers to Windows Phone 7, which is part of the company's entertainment and devices division. "Together, Nokia and Microsoft will integrate with greater speed and provide enhanced opportunities for users and partners to share in the success of the new ecosystem," he said.
For the immediate future, however, Microsoft will be relying more heavily on gaming sales and enterprises to spur growth.
"We feel great about how enterprises are investing in IT, and in particular, how they are interested in our product suite," Klein said. "Customers are adopting the whole suite of products, not just the Office applications - SharePoint, Dynamics and Lync. And that provides long-term sustainable growth."

Oracle mobilises inventory management

Oracle has introduced a Windows-based mobile client that will allow workers to access its supply chain management software directly from the retail floor or warehouse.