Microsoft announces 1.3 billion Windows 10 users following earnings report

Following Microsoft’s earnings call on the Monday, A software company announced that it has added 300 million users in the last year. The company celebrated it have surpassed 1 billion users in March 2020 and the company revealed that it is reached a new all-time high of 1.3 billion users.

Microsoft credited the spike of demand to the growth of users purchasing larger-screen of devices including laptops and desktop computers during the pandemic, which has a large demographic of users switching to work-from-home setups.

In Microsoft’s earnings report for the quarter ending on March 31 2021, numbers were higher than analyst’s estimates. Revenue for Microsoft was $41.7 billion versus the estimated $41.03 billion and net income was $15.5 billion, up 44% YoY. Microsoft’s solid financial performance was driven by Office 365 and Azure cloud services revenue. Microsoft’s cloud solutions generated $17.7 billion in commercial cloud revenue, up 33% YoY.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

Meanwhile, Productivity and Business Processes revenue was $13.6 billion, up by 12%. Thus a category encompasses Office Commercial products and cloud services which was up 14%, Office Consumer products and cloud services were up 5%, Linkedin revenue was up 25%, and Dynamics products and cloud services were up 26%.

Revenue in More Personal Computing came in at $13 billion. Windows OEM was up 10%, Windows Commercial products and cloud services was up 10%, Xbox content and services was up 34%, Search and advertising was up 17%, and Microsoft Surface products revenue was up 12%. Finally, revenue for Intelligent Cloud was up 23% at $15.1 billion.

“Over a year into the pandemic, digital adoption curves aren’t slowing down. They’re accelerating, and it is just the beginning,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “We are building the cloud for the next decade, expanding our addressable market and innovating across every layer of the tech stack to help our customers be resilient and transform.”

WhatsApp Pink is a new virus targeting WhatsApp users, can take complete control over victim’s phone

A malicious link is being shared on a WhatsApp groups that claim to change the theme of the chat application to a pink-coloured one. Under the name WhatsApp Pink, A link is, in fact, an attempt by hackers to gain control over a targeted device.

HIGHLIGHTS :-

  • A message claiming to install a pink version of WhatsApp an a device is being shared on several WhatsApp groups.
  • The message promises a pink theme to the chat application in addition to new features.
  • A link, if clicked on, can allow hackers to gain complete access to a device

WhatsApp users in a under yet another malicious attack by perpetrators of nefarious activities online. The most recent threat comes through the link being shared in the chat platform that can let hackers gain access to the device on which it is opened.

The new threat link is being shared under the name WhatsApp Pink and claims that it can turn the theme of WhatsApp from its iconic green to that of pink colour. The link also offers additional features to lure victims and tries to legitimise its existence by deeming the theme a new official look by WhatsApp. Several WhatsApp users have reported receiving such a link on their phones, while many have forwarded it without knowing its real purpose.

However, a cyber expert has warned that the link performs no actions as advertised and instead is a tool for hackers to gain access to a target device. The link can possibly lock the victims out of their WhatsApp accounts or even their smartphones in some cases.

The expert warns that the link is devious enough to allow the hacker to gain full access to your phone and its data.

Taking to Twitter, cybersecurity expert Rajshekhar Rajaharia wrote, “Beware of WhatsApp Pink!! A Virus is being spread in Whatsapp groups with an APK download link. Don’t click any link with the name of #WhatsappPink. Complete access to your phone will be lost,”

With the tweet, Rajaharia shared some images from the message being circulated for the WhatsApp Pink download. As seen in the screenshots, the chat app is shown in a new pink colour theme along with the words “WhatsApp launched new look officially.”

Needless to say, this is not an official update by WhatsApp and has only been created to dupe the audience into installing the malicious links. WhatsApp has not been bereft of such targeted attacks in the past. The chat app has often been used as a playground for online threat perpetrators. Part of the problem is the unverified information that is easily spread through WhatsApp groups.

The most common safety tip you can follow at a time like this is not to click on any such unverified or suspicious link. Also, WhatsApp users are suggested to stick to the updates rolled out by WhatsApp only and not be on the lookout for any third-party modifications to make to the app.