Microsoft confirms no add-ons for Edge browser this year

23 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Microsoft soars on gaming, cloud computing gains.

Bad enough that when Intuit announced today that it was stopping development of its popular Mint personal finance app for Windows Phone, users went absolutely nuts. “There’s so much about the Windows Phone app that we love — and it’s hard for us to say goodbye to it — but we are confident that this change will help you get even more out of Mint,” says in an officical blog post announcing the discontinuation of support. The Windows 10 Fall Update, codenamed Threshold 2, is planned for the first week in November, and will contain many of the enhancements already seen in builds from the Windows Insider programme. In the company’s latest earnings report, issued Thursday, key segments of Microsoft’s business continued to decline in the quarter ended September. Licensing payments from PC-makers were down 6 per cent, a fifth straight quarter of declines, after the July launch of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system failed to spark an immediate revival in sales.

The shift to the software-as-a-service model adopted for the latest OS means that anyone upgrading to Windows 10 will get this new version of Windows. In addition, Microsoft’s decision last summer to pare back its struggling Nokia division meant the company made less money from selling mobile phones. That doesn’t work on Windows Phone. “Your developers are lazy and your management is incompetent if they thought screwing over the users was the right action,” says the top-voted comment on the blog post, in part. “Well I guess Mint doesn’t get my business then. But Microsoft reported strong performance in cloud computing, online advertising and subscriptions to online services — areas CEO Satya Nadella considers key to the company’s future. Meanwhile, Apple’s iPhone is a non-stop money making machine with the most lucrative customer base in the biz, and Google Android is the most popular operating system in the world.

That means that the lion’s share of mobile app developers either ignore Windows Phone completely, or else end up neglecting it once they realize that the return on investment just isn’t worth it — just as Intuit found. From this edition, if you have an unused Product Key for Windows 7 or Windows 8 it will allow you to install Windows 10 from a download as a clean installation.

But Thursday’s report showed Nadella’s increasing emphasis on other segments that promise more potential for growth. “I think he is realistic about the role of Windows,” said Gartner tech analyst David Smith. Microsoft hopes to make up the revenue from other sources, such as online advertising tied to its Bing search engine and new Edge browser, which comes with Windows 10.

Analysts say Nadella’s goal is to build a broad ecosystem of interrelated products, offering some for free — including Microsoft apps for Apple and Android devices — while making money from others. By getting Windows 10 onto more computers, he’s also hoping to persuade independent app-makers that there’s an audience for apps that work with Windows on PCs, phones, tablets and gaming consoles. Windows 10 is now running on 110 million devices, according to Microsoft, although it hasn’t said how many are new PCs and how many are older machines whose owners took advantage of the free upgrade.

Analysts say that suggests a healthy interest in the new software, although International Data Corp. estimates overall PC sales still dropped 11 per cent in the third quarter.

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