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Microsoft Q1 Up 9pct to Almost $15.1 billion
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msg:3772674
 12:08 pm on Oct 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

Microsoft Q1 Up 9pct to Almost [nytimes.com] $15.1 billion
Microsoft, the world’s largest software company, reported quarterly sales and profits that slightly surpassed Wall Street’s expectations. But like so many technology companies, even the ones who managed to sidestep the fallout from the financial crisis in the September quarter, Microsoft delivered a cautious outlook.

Microsoft’s overall performance held up well, a bit better than expected, said Charles Di Bona, an analyst for Sanford C. Bernstein. Microsoft’s revenue in its first quarter, ended Sept. 30, rose 9 percent to nearly $15.1 billion from $13.8 billion a year ago. Net income increased 2 percent to $4.37 billion, or 48 cents a share, from $4.29 billion, or 45 cents a share, in the year-ago quarter. The consensus among Wall Street analysts was revenue of $14.8 billion and net income per share of 47 cents.


 

DilipShaw




msg:3772696
 12:53 pm on Oct 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

It will be interesting to know which business of MS actually fared better than expected. Vista not doing too well, so where is the hidden cake? Is it adCenter?

travelin cat




msg:3772821
 2:39 pm on Oct 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

I have a friend that works at MS. Yesterday he was telling me he was concerned about layoffs, I guess he feels better today.

Rugles




msg:3772850
 3:24 pm on Oct 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

Vista not doing too well

Most every new computer shipped on the planet has Vista installed.

So I suspect Vista is not hurting M$ at all.

Clearly people like you and I are avoiding it, but the "Joe the Plumbers" of the world are buying it all day, every day.

mfishy




msg:3772861
 3:41 pm on Oct 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

Vista not doing too well,

Really? I thought vista was now the default for every PC one can purchase?

Where did you hear this? Apple advertisement? :)

Hugene




msg:3772918
 4:33 pm on Oct 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

Vista not doing too well,

Really? I thought vista was now the default for every PC one can purchase?

Where did you hear this? Apple advertisement? :)

Corporate clients are the biggest cash cows for M$, and they are staying far far away from Vista. Why do you think XP support was extended?

I personally advise people against buying new PCs because of Vista. I am probably not the only one, so yeah, it is hurting them.

carguy84




msg:3772929
 4:50 pm on Oct 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

I personally advise people against buying new PCs because of Vista. I am probably not the only one, so yeah, it is hurting them.

You can get XP still, I wouldn't advise someone against buying a new PC if they need a new PC.

Rugles




msg:3772947
 5:20 pm on Oct 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

I am probably not the only one, so yeah, it is hurting them.

Clearly, it is not hurting them. Their profits and revenues are up!

>>>>Microsoft Q1 Up 9pct to Almost $15.1 billion

bill




msg:3773177
 11:12 pm on Oct 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

Vista is currently selling at a higher volumes than XP was at the same time in its life-cycle. In fact, it's been selling above XP levels almost since it was released.

walkman




msg:3773216
 12:56 am on Oct 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

MSFT should load up on acquisitions with all that cash. $15 billion in cash today is equal to $50 billion a few months ago.

How about buying Iceland for $6 billion to start?

Hugene




msg:3774220
 2:03 pm on Oct 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

Vista is currently selling at a higher volumes than XP was at the same time in its life-cycle. In fact, it's been selling above XP levels almost since it was released.

Please provide source. I have trouble believing this, especially seeing how world consumption is slowing down.

My problem is that, as far as I know, when you go to the store, you can't get an XP machine anymore. That's just wrong on the whole line.

kaled




msg:3774756
 12:55 am on Oct 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

Vista is certainly not holding Microsoft back. If people don't buy it with a new computer and have XP instead, Microsoft still get paid! In fact, unless you are buying an ultra-low spec laptop, I think the only way to buy XP is with a Vista license. (This distorts the figures slightly making Vista seem more successful than it really is.)

I agree with Walkman that now would be a good time for MS to go on a buying spree, but the last I heard they were more intent on buying back their own stock - seems very odd to me.

Kaled.

bill




msg:3774773
 1:59 am on Oct 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

Please provide source.

It depends on who you read...

  • Windows Vista Debuts with Strong Global Sales [microsoft.com]
  • Microsoft says 20 million copies of Vista sold [msnbc.msn.com]
  • Measuring the Success of Vista's First 100 Days [webmasterworld.com]

    Sure there are issues with MS counting Vista licences for XP downgrades. I don't think that's the case with ultra-portables. Those are still just plain XP Home licences to the best of my knowledge.

    Regardless, just to quote one of the articles above:
    But given that the personal computer market has nearly doubled since XP launched, Vista sales "probably should be more," said Michael Silver, vice president of research at Gartner, a technology research group.

  • Hugene




    msg:3774999
     1:44 pm on Oct 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

    Well, read this article from Bloomberg, at least it is an impartial (aka not Microsoft site) source and they are quite professional with what they publish: [bloomberg.com...]

    From the article:
    Windows is Microsoft's most profitable business, generating more than a quarter of revenue. Sales of Windows for PCs last quarter fell short of forecasts after sellers of low-cost laptops opted to use the older and cheaper XP version because Vista doesn't run well on their machines.

    and
    Citigroup Inc. information chief Jagdish Rao stood beside Ballmer in New York in January 2007 and pledged to put Vista on the bank's more than 350,000 computers.

    Two years later, less than 10 percent of the New York-based lender's machines run Vista...

    This is what I think is the biggest impact, the corporate clients, which, IMHO are the biggest cash-cows for MS.

    I've never seen the pricing for Win licenses, but I would assume older OSes are cheaper to license, otherwise, why would MS go through the trouble to create a new OS.

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