At the close of trading Thursday, Microsoft announced the results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2010, which ended December 31, 2009. Revenue of $19.02 billion, a 14 percent increase from the same period of the prior year, set a new a record for the company. The three other financial measures—operating income ($8.51 billion), net income ($6.66 billion), and earnings per share ($0.74)—all were up year-over-year, 43 percent, 60 percent, and 57 percent, respectively.
So what is Microsoft's explanation for the positive growth across the board? Its latest client operating system.
ATI Catalyst 10.1 is out!
Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System:
* [ATI Catalyst™ Control Center] Enabling LCD Overdrive will no longer cause
mouse cursor to magnify when moved overtop of the "Calibration Preview"
* DisplayPort™ "Lower Setting Applied" and "Link Failure" messages will no longer
appear after driver installation and reboot with DP displays connected to the mini DP
* Firefox now works properly and video no longer drop frames when playing Youtube
clips with Adobe Flash Player 10
* CrossFire™ logo now a
Apple's first Mac OS X security update for 2010 is out, providing cover for at least 12 serious vulnerabilities.
The update, rated critical, plugs security holes that could lead to code execution vulnerabilities if a Mac user is tricked into opening audio files or surfing to a rigged Web site.
With Security Update 2010-001, Apple also fixes flaws in the Adobe Flash Player plug-in that ships with the operating system.
Here's the skinny of the vulnerabilities:
* CoreAudio (CVE-2010-0036) -- A buffer overflow exists in the handling of mp4 audio files.
Firefox has just turned five, and it’s doubtful anybody outside of Redmond begrudges Mozilla’s celebrations. The open-source browser now accounts for 25% of the global market, according to figures from Net Applications, and has brought a radical rethink in what we expect from a browser.
However, as Mozilla blows out the birthday cake candles, it might also be reflecting on the curse of getting what you wish for.
Microsoft today announced that it will issue an emergency security update for Internet Explorer (IE), but postponed setting a ship date for the fix until tomorrow.
"Given the significant level of attention this issue has generated, confusion about what customers can do to protect themselves and the escalating threat environment, Microsoft will release a security update out-of-band for this vulnerability," said George Stathakopoulos, general manager of the Trustworthy Computing Security group, in an entry on the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) blog.
"We take the decision to go o
Recently, the incredibly hard-working engineers over at Mozilla Corp unleashed a new update for the Firefox 3.5.x series. We have seen Firefox 3.5.4, 3.5.5 and 3.5.6 come and go in less than just two and a half months. As the world awaits patiently for the big Firefox 3.7 release, the company thought it best to address some more stability issues in preparation for a successful major release.
Microsoft is looking forward to strong sales of Office 2010 when the productivity suite ships later this year, based on what the company called "record interest" in the beta version of the product. Users have downloaded more than 2 million trial copies of the software in just seven weeks, according to Microsoft Office general manager Rachel Bondi.
"The Office 2010 beta is generating record interest and use, surpassing the previous Office 2007 beta download rate," said Bondi, in a blog post Tuesday. "It's a rate of 40,000 downloads per day," said Bondi.
We must admit that buying games has never been more attractive in the spirit of this year's holiday season, Steam is slashing anywhere from 25% to as much as 80% off its current offer.
Valve's offer is down by about 25%, and the pricing on Valve Complete Pack bundle is down to €52,49. A month back this money could buy you only Left for Dead and Left for Dead 2, whereas now you can treat yourself to the entire arsenal of Valve's games at the same price. You can check it out here.
Chinese pirates are set to miff Microsoft by adapting the Open Source Ubuntu until it is the spit of Windows XP. Apparently the pirates had made a hacked version of Windows XP but for some reason Microsoft cracked down on it.
Now the answer to that is the Ylmf OS. If you have a look at the download page and are fluent in Chinese you will find an ISO that you can download. Unfortunately looking at the testing, and the screenshots, would suggest that the OS's GUI is purely Chinese too.
Mozilla won't make a 2009 deadline for releasing Firefox 3.6 and is giving itself more time to complete a major update, version 4.0.
The organization behind the open-source Web browser had predicted a final release of Firefox 3.6 in December 2009, but the Mozilla Web site now includes "ship Firefox 3.6" as a goal for the first quarter of 2010.
In addition, Firefox 4.0, which had been due in 2010, now is "aimed at late 2010 or early 2011," with a beta due in the summer of 2010, according to Mozilla.
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