Each week, we round up industry news and articles that you might have missed. Enjoy this week's selections.

Microsoft Muscles Past Expectations
Wall Street had high hopes for Microsoft's latest financials, and the company did not disappoint. Fueled by a strong PC upgrade cycle, it turned in a record fourth quarter with sharp gains in both profit and sales. Net income rose to $4.5 billion, or 51 cents a share, from $3 billion, and revenue to $16.04 billion from $13.1 billion.

Internet Explorer 9 Utterly Dominates Malware-Blocking Stats
Internet Explorer 9's dual-pronged approach to blocking access to malicious URLs—SmartScreen Filter to block bad URLs, and Application Reputation to detect untrustworthy executables—provides the best socially engineered malware blocking of any stable browser version, according to NSS Labs' latest report.

Capgemini and Microsoft Expand Partnership on Window Azure
They now plan to address business needs using Windows Azure in 22 countries, according to a joint announcement issued this week. The deal includes a joint investment in marketing, sales and technical training. Paris-based Capgemini plans to train 1,500 developers and architects on the Windows Azure platform.

Microsoft Tailors Azure Cloud Services to Social Game Developers
Microsoft said today it is tailoring its Windows Azure cloud development platform for social game developers, making it much easier for them to develop, launch, and support online games.

Windows Azure's 'Project Daytona' Does Analytics
Designed to support a wide variety of data analytics and machine learning algorithms, Project Daytona can massively scale out to hundreds of server cores. This scalability is essential for the analysis of large and growing collections of data amassed by industries such as healthcare, education, and finance.

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