It’s the end of another week. That means another roundup of the biggest breaking news stories from the worlds of Microsoft, Windows, and tech. This week we saw four Internal versions of Windows, Dell Mobile Connect are being phased out and Intel is losing $500 million in a quarter. On top of all that, Microsoft has announced that it will be hosting an in-person tech event for the first time since the global pandemic.
Microsoft Ignite will be held in person this year
Microsoft will hold an in-person technology event for the first time since the global pandemic. Ignite 2022 will take place in Seattle, Washington, October 12-14. The conference is aimed at developers and IT professionals, although others can attend if they wish.
In addition to the in-person event, Microsoft will share Ignite sessions online. Attending the conference in person will have paid and free options. Participating in Ignite virtually will not cost anything.
Interested persons can register to be informed (opens in a new tab) as soon as registration opens.
Microsoft released its fiscal 22 fourth quarter results this week. The tech giant also shared its annual report, its fiscal year ended June 30, 2022. The $51.9 billion in revenue from Microsoft in the quarter was up 12% year-over-year and just below industry expectations of $52.4 billion (falling short of expectations is a rare occurrence for Microsoft).
Our editor Daniel Rubino broke down revenue on the Windows and Surface side and our Samuel Tolbert took a look at Microsoft’s gaming and Xbox segments.
Intel loses $500 million in Q2 2022
Intel also released its quarterly results this week, but had worse news to share than Microsoft. For the first time in decades, Intel announced a quarterly loss. The company lost $500 million last quarter due to declines in several key segments.
“Results this quarter fell short of the standards we set for the company and our shareholders. We must and we will do better. The sudden and rapid decline in economic activity has been the main driver, but the shortfall also reflects our own execution issues,” Gelsinger said. “We are responsive to changing business conditions, working closely with our customers while remaining focused on our long-term strategy and opportunities. We are taking advantage of this difficult environment to accelerate our transformation.
Windows Insider builds galore
Not one, not two, not three, Microsoft announced four Insider builds of Windows this week. Beta Channel Insiders received two builds, 22621.440 and 22622.440. The releases include a handful of UI updates as well as taskbar improvements. Most notably, there’s a new overflow menu when the taskbar runs out of space for more icons.
For those in the Dev Channel, Windows 11Build 25169 has been rolled out. It includes a new theme dedicated to Windows Spotlight functionality and a handful of other improvements.
Even Windows 10 received an Insider build, bringing systems to build 19045.1865. This is the first preview release of Windows 10 version 22H2. Despite sharing a similar name to Windows 11 version 22H2, the two OS updates are entirely separate.
Dell Mobile Connect being shut down
Dell Mobile Connect will be discontinued for everyone by January 2023 (exact dates vary by region). The application allows users to send SMS and make phone calls from their PC by connecting their system to a smartphone. It’s somewhat similar to Microsoft’s Your Phone, but it works with iOS and Android.
While Dell Mobile Connect is on the way out, the same functionality will soon be available in another form. Screenovate, which powers Dell Mobile Connect, was recently acquired by Intel. At CES 2022, Intel showed off several ways it plans to connect mobile devices to PCs, all with Screenovate technology.
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