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Microsoft Reports Record Fourth-Quarter Results

double-digit revenue growth in all business segments

     
2:26 am on Jul 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

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It appears that Windows 7 and corporate upgrade cycles have done a lot to improve MS's bottom line.

Microsoft Reports Record Fourth-Quarter Results [microsoft.com]

Microsoft Corp. today announced record fourth-quarter revenue of $16.04 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, a 22% increase from the same period of the prior year. Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $5.93 billion, $4.52 billion and $0.51 per share, which represented increases of 49%, 48% and 50%, respectively, when compared with the prior year period.

"This quarter's record revenue reflects the breadth of our offerings and our continued product momentum," said Peter Klein, chief financial officer. "The revenue growth, combined with our ongoing cost discipline, helped us achieve another quarter of margin expansion."

Product momentum continued during the quarter with the successful launch of Office 2010 and strong performance from existing products including Windows 7, which has sold more than 175 million licenses to date, Windows Server, Xbox, and Bing, which achieved its 13th consecutive month of share gain.

"We saw strong sales execution across all of our businesses, particularly in the enterprise with Windows 7 and Office 2010," said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer. "Our transition to cloud services is well underway with offerings like Windows Azure and our Business Productivity Online Services, and we look forward to continuing our product momentum this fall with the upcoming launches of Windows Phone 7 and Xbox Kinect."

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010, Microsoft reported record revenue of $62.48 billion, a 7% increase from the prior year. Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the year were $24.10 billion, $18.76 billion and $2.10, which represented increases of 18%, 29% and 30%, respectively, when compared with the prior year.

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1:41 pm on July 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

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175 million copies of windows 7 sold!
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How many trillion security flaws does that mean they've distributed now?
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I'm using XP until I have more time to determine which Linux distro has a GUI that will not impede my production, 7 is ten times worse then Vista. They want you to think everyone thinks 7 is awesome however in a production environment where I'm constantly interacting with not only the database though also the file system 7's GUI is a total nightmare. While XP's default GUI settings are junk you can at least customize the GUI and I'm not talking about colors or background images.

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12:16 am on July 24, 2010 (gmt 0)

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? i'm much more productive on 7
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@Jab the aptly named: I don't know what you are on. 7 is a massive improvement on Vista and XP. I ain't going back, that's for sure.
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I have truly enjoyed running windows 7. In my heart of hearts, I'm a windows 2000 with a touch of NT 4.0 kinda guy. We still use XP pro in all the offices since most of the software vendors aren't windows 7 ready yet, but they are getting there.
I've had no problems with Windows Vista, as it's been on my laptop for 2 years.
I think that if I take care of my systems, they take cate of me.
In all my years of working with windows, I have never lost any data nor have I been infected. I've seen it happen, of course, but diligent users don't seem to experience that, I have found.
I'm glad that Microsoft is reporting record numbers, in spite of all the commercials and arguments against it. Apparently they're doing something well enough to counteract that. The proof is in the pudding.
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man i couldn't imagine firing up an NT4.0 box. Hello old dinosaur friend. Although I cut my teeth on NT and managed many NT domains.

I loved windows 2000 cause it was a NT style client system. I remember pulling up services and saying ITS GOT SERVICES?!? YESS YESS
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Remember installing NT 4.0 and running debug to get the video card info so you could install the correct drivers? heeh.
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@Sylver I'm using XP like I said before.

7 is fail. Clicking TWICE to get to the programs folder? What happened to mouse-over?

Then for each sub-folder you have to click to open them EACH! The useful toolbar buttons in Windows Explorer are gone or combined requiring more clicks.

They named something favorites that are not Internet Explorer favorites which will confuse people.

They removed the properties menu from the context menu on the My Documents folder both in Windows Explorer and from the desktop; to change the entire My Documents folder you have to actually go to the start menu now which is the least intuitive place to look.

The start menu is stupidly bulky now and you have to install a hack to get the normal classic start menu back.

They have forced categorization on everything and made the classic view of the control panel difficult to find.

When using the classic view of the control panel there is way too much junk that should have been merged.

The quick launch toolbar no longer can be differentiated from actually opened tasks.

I could go on and on and on but I won't. Windows 7 is a complete disaster and anyone who actually says they actually enjoy it can keep their arthritis inducing nightmare to themselves.

- John