That gamble paid off handsomely and it reversed the
fortunes of struggling Microsoft, returning it to dynamic growth.
Windows 7 launched in October of last year and proved a commercial
smash. All the Apple commercials in the world couldn't
damper the public enthusiasm about the new operating systems.
And Microsoft stepped up its own populist
ads featuring average Joes and Janes experiencing (or suggesting)
the improvements, fueling further growth.
brand image is at a new high and Microsoft just reported its best
quarter in its history. Microsoft reports a net revenue of
$19.02B USD, a 14 percent increase from the previous year.
Microsoft also reported operating income, net income and diluted
earnings per share of $8.51B USD, $6.66B USD and $0.74 USD per share,
up 43 percent, 60 percent and 57 percent, respectively from a year
ago. The revenue was boosted by $1.71B USD in deferred revenue
7 preorders, among other things.
The key factors in
Microsoft's rejuvenation were Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
Since October 22, Microsoft sold 60 million Windows 7 licenses, the
fastest sales pace of any operating system in Microsoft history -- or
world history for that matter.
Peter Klein, chief financial
officer at Microsoft comments, "Exceptional demand for Windows 7
led to the positive top-line growth for the company. Our continuing
commitment to managing costs allowed us to drive earnings performance
ahead of the revenue growth."
Kevin Turner, chief
operating officer at Microsoft adds, "This is a record quarter
for Windows units. We are thrilled by the consumer reception to
Windows 7 and by business enthusiasm to adopt Windows 7."
ahead Microsoft does have some key areas it needs to improve on.
Currently its phone offerings are
in shambles (though a surprise early release of Windows Mobile 7
could change that) and its search business still trails Google,
despite recent gains. Still, Windows 7 has been such a huge
hit, even if all of Microsoft's other units fail to post gains, the
company will still be in pretty good shape. Windows 7 has truly
delivered Microsoft a comeback for the ages.
opened slightly up this morning on the good news, opening at $29.89 a
share, about 2 percent up. Since it has slid slightly to about
$29.29 a share.
quote: I personally think Windows 7 is the best Windows ever.
quote: The majority of people who "hate" vista are people who never used it.
quote: Vista is not crap. It works perfectly fine...
quote: ..., and I have yet to have a SINGLE user get a piece of malware on Vista when UAC is turned on.
quote: Granted they aren't power users, but when vista is properly installed, updated, and free of hardware/driver issues it runs extremely well.
quote: When in fact we all know Vista needs at least 2-4 gigs of ram, which is relatively cheap. So get over yourself.
quote: But Vista will never be fixed, no need. MS replaced it with Win7.
quote: Granted, if you have a P4 with built in video running on 1GB RAM, it's not going to run well.
quote: Vista is not crap. It works perfectly fine,
quote: I have yet to have a SINGLE user get a piece of malware on Vista when UAC is turned on. I have to clean off the stupid Fake AV all the time on our XP machines.
quote: Yeah, my 1GB Thinkpad with a slower PentiumDC running Win7 is easily faster and does things better than a NEW Vista notebook I worked on that had 3GB. Really impressive.
quote: As far as memory usage, personally, it pisses me off when there is free memory. I think it should be using 100% of the memory available to it. That's why I paid to put it in there. If I wanted it to run on less memory I wouldn't have put 4 GB in.
quote: ...ever even remotely thought, "Windows is terrible, we'd better move to something else".
quote: Steve Jobs, and Apple, don't rely on consumer feedback because they're innovators.
quote: So you're an Apple worshipper and fanatic, huh? Tell me, what's it like to be completely stupid?
quote: Steve Jobs, and Apple, don't rely on consumer feedback because they're self-righteous assholes.
quote: Steve Jobs, and Apple, don't rely on consumer feedback because they're innovators
quote: Steve Jobs, and Apple, don't rely on consumer feedback
quote: IE8 is the best version of IE ever, but it's still garbage. Windows 7 is the best Windows ever, but it's still garbage, also.
quote: Windows 7 is the best Windows ever, but it's still garbage, also.
quote: Napster and anyone else offering music downloads is struggling to stay afloat, while Jobs is raking in billions in profits. You don't get that way by just following someone else's lead.
quote: I remember when things would crash and you had to test every component one by one till you found the culprit. :P
quote: My only logical conclusion is because the closed nature of Apple hardware and software has limited the average Mac geeks need to be educated in hardware and software on the same level as the average PC geek.
quote: Windows 7 marked a complete turn around for the company