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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.
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]
Microsoft have evolved, and are still evolving. If a company can have a quarter like this in the current climate, hats off to them.
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.
I think this is a good example of what a company can do when it branches into different fields.