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Microsoft still has quite a bit of gas left in the tank

Apple isn't the only tech company rolling around in cash these days. Just two days ago, Apple announced total Q3 revenue of $15.7 billion and profit of $3.25 billion.

Microsoft reported Q4 earnings today and its results were equally impressive. Microsoft announced quarterly revenue of $16.04 billion and a net profit of $4.52 billion. Revenue and net profit were up 22 percent and 48 percent respectively from the same period a year ago.

Not surprisingly, Windows 7 has been a smash hit for Microsoft and the company announced that over 175 million licenses have been sold. And despite the report which came out last week saying that Office 2010 sales were starting off weak, Microsoft says that it had a "successful launch of Office 2010".

“This quarter’s record revenue reflects the breadth of our offerings and our continued product momentum,” said CFO Peter Klein. “The revenue growth, combined with our ongoing cost discipline, helped us achieve another quarter of margin expansion.”

Revenue was up for all of Microsoft's major divisions, as indicated by the following increases from the previous year:

  • Windows & Windows Live Division -- $4.5B (44 percent increase)
  • Server and Tools -- $4B (14 percent increase)
  • Microsoft Business Division -- $5.2B (15 percent increase)
  • Entertainment and Devices Division -- $1.6B (27 percent increase)

“We saw strong sales execution across all of our businesses, particularly in the enterprise with Windows 7 and Office 2010,” said COO Kevin Turner. “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.”

Microsoft's strong Q4 must be music to Steve Ballmer's ear after a recent report came out this week calling for his ouster due to Microsoft's stagnant stock price. However, Ballmer must still show that his company is ready to tackle the exploding smartphone market with Windows Phone 7.

KIN may have been an embarrassing debacle for Microsoft, but it is a relatively small fish in the grand scheme of things -- Windows Phone 7 needs to be a hit for Microsoft to look credible in the consumer mobile devices sector.

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do you think?
By shin0bi272 on 7/23/2010 7:39:01 AM , Rating: 2
Do you think we can get a price cut on win7 now? I mean 220 bucks for win7 ultimate is a tad high for an OS that's going to have hundreds of patches out for it in a year or so.

RE: do you think?
By shin0bi272 on 7/23/2010 7:40:33 AM , Rating: 1
Oh btw thats 220 for the upgrade its 320 for the full version of ultimate... such a rip off.

RE: do you think?
By Smilin on 7/23/2010 10:47:30 AM , Rating: 5
it's been 99 for "home" upgrade, 199 for pro ugprade and home full, 299 for pro full for going on 15 years now hasn't it?

I mean really MSFT has never really raised the price of their OS since like Win95 or 98 so. Many people used XP for 7 years and likely payed for a $99 upgrade.

Sorry man but your please about things being over priced are falling on my deaf ears.

Go buy an apple... (note: borrowed this from a cnet comment)
Mac OS 10.0 Public Beta $30
Mac OS 10.0 - $129 - technically a beta
Mac OS 10.1 - $20 to $129 - a fix for the beta
Mac OS 10.2 - $129 stability fix
Mac OS 10.3 - $129 something you could use to do basic task
Mac OS 10.4 - $129 something you could use on a daily basis
Mac OS 10.5 - $129 pointless update that deleted user data stored on different partitions when tried to copy it.
Mac OS 10.6 - $29 maintenance update for Leopard.

$695 worth of bug fixes - definitely not priceless.

RE: do you think?
By roadhog1974 on 7/27/2010 9:28:59 AM , Rating: 2
Do you need to buy every version or could byou say buy
10.0 then skip to 10.4?

RE: do you think?
By darklight0tr on 7/23/2010 10:43:19 AM , Rating: 2
What do you absolutely need in the the Ultimate version that isn't offered in the other (and cheaper) versions of Windows 7?

The only real difference between 7 Ultimate and 7 Pro is language packs and Bitlocker.

RE: do you think?
By Silver2k7 on 7/23/2010 11:37:19 AM , Rating: 1
uhm... Vista only had Virtualization in Ultamte version IIRC.. no idea how they have done with Seven.

RE: do you think?
By Sivar on 7/23/2010 1:00:06 PM , Rating: 2
Said as if Microsoft's products haven't been among the most secure since the company implemented the SDL (Secure Development Lifecycle). :)

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