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Microsoft Q4 earnings show strong cloud, weak PCs

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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

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Dell, LG offer cool curved monitors for customers with deep pockets

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Research roundup: mobile email, pervasive AI, public-cloud spending

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The new Intel Xeon Scalable processor family is here

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PC shipments fell again in Q2

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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.

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VR-ready PCs are coming! Just be ready to pay the price

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Microsoft intros solutions, programs at Inspire partner conference

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Malware attacks aren’t going away — but that doesn’t mean you should pay

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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

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5G: coming soon to a network near you

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You need 2-in-1s devices in your PC product mix: Gartner

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