Update 10/22: In an exclusive interview, following a Microsoft event to celebrate 30 years of Giving campaign, Bill Gates talked about the significance of the launch of Windows 8, about Windows Phone 8 and Surface.
A billion ways to make a difference -- October is the magical month for Microsoft -- On Oct. 18, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Chairman and Founder Bill Gates commemorated Microsoft's 30th Employee Giving Campaign during a special town hall event and announced that Microsoft employees have raised $1 billion in cash since 1983 for more than 31,000 nonprofits and community organizations in the U.S. and around the world.
The Employee Giving Campaign is emblematic of two of Microsoft's core values: "our respect and appreciation for our employees and our dedication to serving the communities where we live and work. Indeed, thirty years ago, 200 employees took the first step in our citizenship work by raising $17,000. We've been following their lead ever since," Microsoft stated in a press note.
Also, the company has announced its earnings for Q3 2012 -- stating that it has earned a total of $16.01 billion dollars in revenue for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2012 and the company has high hopes and expectations for the upcoming Windows 8 operating system.
"The launch of Windows 8 is the beginning of a new era at Microsoft. Investments we've made over a number of years are now coming together to create a future of exceptional devices and services, with tremendous opportunity for our customers, developers, and partners," Ballmer stated in the press release.
Microsoft's Windows and Windows Live Division actually dropped 33% compared to the prior period with a revenue of $3.24 billion, but Microsoft hopes to turn this figure up with the release of Windows 8.
"We're incredibly excited to be approaching general availability of Windows 8 and Windows RT. We've already certified more than 1,000 systems for Windows 8 from our hardware partners, ranging from the smallest tablets and convertibles to touch-enabled ultrabooks and all-in-ones to the most powerful desktop computers," Microsoft's COO Kevin Turner said.
Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices Division, which features the Xbox console, saw a 1% drop compared to last period, even though the Xbox is still the number one console in the US with a 49% market share.
Microsoft also has high hopes and expectations for its Windows Phone 8 platform, which launches this fall.
In addition, this starting next Microsoft will be holding General Availability of Windows 8 and Public debut of Surface and Windows Phone 8 launch event across the globe.
Microsoft also released today results of Xbox LIVE Election Channel poll from the second U.S. presidential debate.
Below is the data from the poll that was conducting following the U.S. presidential debate on Tuesday night that was carried on Xbox:
- "More than 100,000 Xbox LIVE community members engaged in the second presidential debate, responding to approximately 70 polling questions in real time.
- There were well more than 2 million individual responses to poll questions.
- Most poll questions averaged 35,000 to 40,000 respondents per question," informs Major Nelson.
Finall, Office team also detailed the new IMAP support in Outlook 2013.
"IMAP is an important protocol for many of Outlook's customers, and this release we made a significant investment in IMAP."
"Syncing/sending messages is done in the background, so you no longer have to wait for sync to complete in order to use Outlook. General comments about Outlook's performance when using IMAP was the top issue we heard from all of you, and we believe this change will improve the experience quite a bit," Microsoft stated.
In addition to above, here's what you'll see with IMAP in Outlook 2013:
- "New mail notifications are now supported.
- Outlook now recognizes special folders in your mailbox like Trash (in techspeak, the IMAP extension XLIST is now supported)
- You can choose how much mail to sync and keep locally by telling Outlook to only sync mail that is newer than a certain number of months, such as 3, 6, or 12 months.
- You can find this setting under "Change account settings":
- Outlook 2013 will no longer support Download Headers Only mode for IMAP
- And categories will still not be supported for IMAP accounts," informs the Office team.