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12:30 pm on Jan 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft Posts 60PCT Increase In Earnings [nytimes.com]
Microsoft posted a bigger-than-expected 60 percent increase in quarterly profit on Thursday, helped by strong sales of Windows 7, and said it expected business technology spending to recover this year.
The company said net profit came to $6.7 billion, or 74 cents a share, up from $4.2 billion, or 47 cents a share, a year earlier.

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Well, we've bought 8 copies of Windows 7, so I'd like to think we had something to do with that! ;)
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And I've bought 0. So I'd like to think I had nothing to do with that :).

I'm quite surprised that people are buying this. I guess this is newer than XP, but not vista, and it's mostly that it's not vista?

Edited, by newer than XP but not vista, I meant to say:
it's newer than xp. Also, it's not vista. i.e. being 'not' vista is a good thing.

[edited by: wheel at 5:16 pm (utc) on Jan. 29, 2010]

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Windows 7 is newer than Vista.

M$ continues to be a money printing machine. It's just so impressive.

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Windows 7 is a really nice OS, no one should be surprised by these earnings. It sleeps and wakes instantly, so much faster than XP or Vista. That alone is worth upgrading.
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Can't tell yet about XP, but Win7 is surely an improvement over Vista. Earnings reflect Bing any, you reckon?
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I think this is a good example of what a company can do when it branches into different fields. Microsoft is no longer just a software company. Its software (Windows/Office), consumer devices (Xbox/zune) and online services (Bing/Xbox live) and a lot more...

Microsoft have evolved, and are still evolving. If a company can have a quarter like this in the current climate, hats off to them.

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Bing!
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90 percent of their revenue is still windows and office.
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I think ironically a lot of this is due to slow Vista sales. Vista got bad press pretty much from the start and this caused a lot of users to hold off. Especially business users.

Windows 7 on the otherhand has been very well received and is being embraced by consumers and business alike. A lot of users who weren't happy with Vista will upgrade, along with users who stuck with xp. Win 7 is selling very well.

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I think this is a good example of what a company can do when it branches into different fields.


As expat123 pointed out, most of their revenues come from Windows and office.

In fact very few companies have dome well from diversifying their businesses (or, at least, their shareholders have not done well). Historically, GE, GEC, and a few other conglomerates have done well, but far more have under-performed and have been dismantled because the bits are worth more as separate businesses (Google for "conglomerate discount").

Of course, MS is not that diversified yet, and that is good for their shareholders.