Wondering how strong the cloud is? Plenty strong, if you go by Microsoft’s fourth-quarter financial results, released today after the markets closed.
Is your PC business weak? Join the club. Microsoft’s is flat, as well.
“I’m proud of the results, especially our commercial cloud results,” said Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, during a conference call this evening with investors.
Overall financial results
Ultra High Definition (UHD) computer monitors are getting wider, sharper and curvier.
Top-tier OEMs including Dell, LG and Samsung are competing for your customers’ dollars. And let’s be clear: When it comes to this new breed of high-res, curved glass, we’re talking about way more dollars than usual.
More than half of email is now read on a mobile device. AI will soon be part of all new software. And spending on the public cloud shows no sign of slowing.
Those are the top-line forecasts from 3 new reports. Want to hear more? Here’s your solution provider’s summary:
Mobile email growing
Do you know how your customers are reading their email?
In what Intel calls its biggest data-center launch this decade, the company earlier this week introduced the Xeon processor Scalable family. Intel says these are its highest-performance, most secure and versatile processors for the data center.
Like the last day of a summer cold, the PC market is bad, but not as bad as it was.
According to a new report from market watcher IDC, worldwide PC shipments in the second quarter of this year totaled 60.5 million units. That’s a year-on-year decline of 3.3 percent. Not good, but better than IDC’s earlier estimate of 3.9 percent.
“The global PC market has continued to trend toward stabilization,” said Jay Chou, a research manager at IDC.
Top-tier PC manufacturer Lenovo is pushing into the world of virtual reality with a spate of VR-ready desktops certified by Oculus Rift. Lenovo says its latest entry, the sub-$2,000 ThinkCentre 910t introduced in late June, is the world’s first Oculus-certified commercial desktop.
If you’re a Microsoft channel partner, or would like to be, the company has a bunch of new offers for you.
This week Microsoft is holding its annual worldwide partner conference, now rebranded Microsoft Inspire, in Washington, D.C. More than 17,000 partners from around the world are expected to attend.
Six weeks ago, I wrote about the WannaCry ransomware attack and what you can do to help your clients protect themselves against, or recover from, similar malware attacks.
In that post, I listed 8 tips and suggestions to share with your clients. Many of them — including update your operating systems, back up your files, and install patches — remain valid.
But it’s becoming increasingly clear that my last suggestion — pay the penalty — is now a bad idea.
Why? I’ll explain in a minute. But first a little background.
Ransomware’s wide reach
5G mobile networks are getting real, even if the official deployment standard isn’t yet.
Last week, for example, AT&T, Ericsson and Intel announced they’re teaming on a 5G trial in Austin, Texas. It’s actually their second. Last year, the partners provided fixed wireless 5G to select Austin businesses.
If you offer PCs to your customers, but haven’t yet added 2-in-1 devices to the mix, better get going.
Unit sales of traditional desktop and laptop PCs will decline through at least 2019, predicts a new report from research and advisory company Gartner.
At the same time, Gartner says, unit sales of what it calls “premium ultramobiles” will grow.