Microsoft have had a very first... er.. first quarter ending Sept. 30, 2011. Microsoft posted a quarter revenue of $17.37 billion, a 7-percent increase over the same period of last year and a tad higher than the expected $17.26 billion.
Office was the standout, though; Office accounted for $5.62 of that income, with Windows staying flat and actually falling below expectations. Microsoft's net income of $5.74 billion was a decent jump of 6-percent over the same time last year.
BlizzCon 2011 - As we walked through the BlizzCon 2011 halls, we manage to spot one of the Blizzard Battle.net gaming blade servers from around the world that are going on sale for charity.
These are HP p-Class server blades that were previously used to provide Blizzard's Battle.net gaming service. This particular server was named "Eldre Thalas" and was in operation between February 22, 2005 to June 9, 2010. The plaque reads:
Blizzard Entertainment has carefully preserved and archived our retired server blades, releasing only a limited number for a noble cause. to us, this server blade is more than just hardware: within the circuits and hard drive, a world of magic, adventure, and friendship thrived. From fishing in quiet lakes to defeating Arthas in Icecrown Citadel, this blade was home to thousands of immersive experiences across the world of Azeroth and beyond. We thank you for the safekeeping of this important part of our history.
If you are interested in buying one of these unique servers that will surely only increase in value over time, you can find out more information over here. All money from sales of the servers will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Good on you, Blizzard!
BlizzCon 2011 - Okay, it's another trade show, so there should be booth babes... right?! Well, no.
BlizzCon has its own special bread of 'booth babes'. They aren't barely dressed women from Taiwan, Germany or the US, but weird and wonderful people dressed up in some really spectacular costumes as Blizzard game characters. Check out the video below:
That about covers us for BlizzCon 2011. We'll be back at the show tomorrow for Day 2 and if we spot anything cool then, we'll report back. By the way, there are plenty of pictures below in the gallery for you to look at.
BlizzCon 2011 - One of our final stops at BlizzCon 2011 was at the Antec booth who is another sponsor. They had on display a big range of different cases featuring Blizzard gaming stickers.
It is unclear if these cases will go on sale as we couldn't find anything online listing them, but I'm sure they'd be popular among WoW gamers.
BlizzCon 2011 - SteelSeries were another of the sponsors at BlizzCon 2011 and of course being all about Blizzard games, they had plenty of their gaming hardware on display for the masses to see including their upcoming Diablo III mouse and pad. We went hands-on with it in the video below.
The ambidextrous shape allows for both left-handed and right-handed gamers to use the swish looking D3 branded mouse. It comes with demon red illumination which can be turned off if you don't like it as well as adjust the pulsation rate between high, medium and low.
The mouse uses a Avago laser sensor which can be adjusted from 1 CPI to 5700 CPI in 1 CPI increments. That's an incredible amount of adjustment flexibility to find your sweet spot for your D3 game play. We are not sure on the cost or when it will go on sale, but we'd guess it would be around when Diablo III goes on sale.
BlizzCon 2011 - Also exhibiting at BlizzCon 2011 was LG Electronics who had a rather big booth with the theme being 3D.
I know a lot of people frankly don't get the whole 3D thing and simply don't care about it, but the industry continues to push it in a big way. LG is just one of the companies leading in the area of 3D and at their booth they were showcasing what they were calling the world's largest 3D TV.
The monster LG Cinema television has a size of no less than 72-inches. Let us know if you can buy this television, it's been on display at various trade shows before now, but we couldn't find it listed anywhere. I'm sure if it is for sale, it would cost you a very big chunk of cash.
BlizzCon 2011 - Our final video from the ASUS booth at BlizzCon 2011 is from the overclocking workshop area. Members of Team ROG were on hand to tell us what about they were doing at the show.
Travis from Team ROG told us about the two ASUS systems that we setup and ready to get some LN2 cooling based overclocking treatment. One system was running an Intel 2500k processor while the other was running a faster 2600k CPU based system. The 2500k was running at around 5.7GHz and it was also running three-way SLI with GTX 570's along with Corsair Dominator memory running at 2200MHz with it all running on an ASUS Maximus IV Extreme (Z68) motherboard.
The 2600k system used the same parts except the video card was an ASUS MATRIX GTX 580 Platinum video card. It was hooked up using a PCI Express extension cable which allowed for easier LN2 based cooling with the Kingpin Cooling Tek 9 Fatboy coolers. It will get the GPU temperature down to around -190 degrees Celsius and run at around 1500MHz.
BlizzCon 2011 - We are back at the ASUS booth from BlizzCon 2011 again for a look at some more ROG products and this time we look at some of the gaming notebooks which were on display at the show.
While it may look a little staged, we ran into a completely random gamer who wasn't shy and he had a few words to say about the ASUS ROG G53 notebook he was using. All of the laptops that were on display were running World of Warcraft at high quality settings. I quizzed the gamer on what he thought about the G53 and he said that he "cannot argue with 60 FPS on a laptop". Hell yeah.
And he knows exactly what he is doing! Thank you good sir for being on video, if you ever see this.
BlizzCon 2011 - The ASUS booth at BlizzCon 2011 was getting a lot of attention with plenty of ROG based systems on display running popular Blizzard gaming titles.
One of the most popular systems setup was running Diablo III on a large screen with an ASUS system running an Maximus IV Extreme-Z motherboard and MATRIX GTX 580 Platinum video card. D3 was running very smoothly on this system.
We'll be back with more BlizzCon 2011 tech coverage real soon.
BlizzCon 2011 - Our first stop at BlizzCon 2011 was at the ASUS booth where we saw a number of cool new Republic of Gamers (ROG) products.
The one that got our attention the most was the ASUS X79 demo system. We met up with Mark from Intel who was kind enough to give us a run down on the system and what it will offer. Watch now:
As many of you would know, the upcoming X79 chipset and Sandy Bridge-E processors are still under NDA, so there are only so much information that can be disclosed.