It's been two and a half years since we let Genee out of the bottle. In our drive to deliver large productivity gains through intelligent scheduling coordination and optimization, we often found ourselves on the forefront of technology involving natural language processing, artificial intelligence (AI), and chat bots. We were extremely fortunate to find many who believed in the vision and supported us with their resources, talent, time, and advice along the way, which made Genee possible. Today, we are pleased to announce that Genee has signed an agreement to be acquired by Microsoft. A new beginning means the end of another.
Microsoft will make SQL Server 2016 generally available on June 1, 2016, company officials announced today. That June 1 date is when the product will be available to all users, including brand new ones, MSDN subscribers, and existing customers, officials said. All four versions of SQL Server 2016 will be available on that date. Microsoft recently released what execs said was the fourth and final release candidate of SQL Server 2016. When I asked when SQL Server 2016 had or would be released to manufacturing, a spokesperson said the company wouldn't comment.
Perhaps the biggest surprise from Microsoft's third quarter earnings: Its Surface business is still going strong with nearly $1.1 billion in revenue. That's up 32 percent from last year, when sales dipped to $831 million. By this time last year, the Surface Laptop and Pro hadn't launched yet, which didn't leave much fresh hardware for consumers to pick up. Unsurprisingly, the company's cloud business is still ballooning -- it's now up another 17 percent from last year. Overall, Microsoft reported revenues of $26.8 billion (up 16 percent), with a net income of $7.4 billion (a 35 percent increase).