Microsoft quarterly financial results exceeded Wall Street's expectations. seattlepi.com analysis of the results points to the strength of Windows Vista and Office 2007. This is in sharp contrast to the pundits predictions that Vista sales would be lackluster. The results do include a substantial amount of deferred revenue from Vista coupons, however you have to count that revenue at some point. I think the next quarter will tell the tale, and from all indication Microsoft believes it will be a good one. The Entertainment and Device division posted a 21% revenue decline however narrowed its loss to $315M. I would love to know how the Windows Mobile devices faired. The big disappointment which was telegraphed early was the Online Services division which had a loss of $200M vs $24M a year ago. I having been using Google and Live search with the same queries, the Live Search results are definitely becoming comparable.
This last weekend I did some minor adjustments to the blog's layout, I added two links to my Windows Mobile and Windows Vista application lists on the right below the Google search. I also plan to add a link to my current Today screen layout in the near future. Over the last week I have been having Bluetooth issues with my T-Mobile MDA, it is time for a hard reset. I have not done one since last July and I afraid that the many installs and re-installs I do weekly, finally corrupted the registry. With three weeks to the debut of the T-Mobile Wing, it is too bad I have to rebuild now.
I have been wanting to use and comment on Ilium's NewsReader 2.0 and it will be at the top of list in my rebuilding task. This is a great solution for viewing RSS feeds and listening to podcasts.
On the mobile front, I also added a new page http://www.mydigitallife.us/mobile.html to my blog which formats entries for mobile browsers (a one column view), however all the links still point to the main site. Wordpress has a plug in which reformats the blog for mobile browsers, unfortunately Typepad does not which is really too bad. Also it looks like I can't run any server side scripts to determine which type of browser made the request. Apparently there is some way to work with css style sheets and a mobile media type which may be recognized by the mobile browser. It seems Opera recognizes this attribute, but I am not sure of Pocket Internet Explorer. Clearly more research is required...
On the Blackberry outage debacle, Jason Langridge posted a note about Cingular/AT&T offering customers a $2.50 credit for the outage. I know $2.50 multiplied by tens of thousands of customers can add up to a lot of money but still at the individual level I think it is pretty insulting. I think free minutes or free text messages might have been a better approach.
- Ilium NewsReader 2.0 is at the top of list once I rebuild my Windows Mobile Environment.
- My Verizon Aircard 595 Quicklook on pocketnow.com should get published.
- I will be starting a review of Prevalent Devices Phraze-It keyboard 2.0 application using my Dell Axim X51v.
- I just received BlueAnt's SUPERTOOTH Light Bluetooth hands free unit for cars to review. Here is the link to a product video.
- I am running 100% on my new Lenovo X60 Tablet with Vista, it is now time to comment...