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Microsoft reported a 2.7 percent increase in overall revenue thanks to a small boost from Windows 8

Windows 8 didn't hit the ground running the way Microsoft thought it would after the October 2012 release, but it did offer a small boost in the company's latest financial earnings report.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2012, Microsoft reported a 2.7 percent boost in revenue to $21.5 billion from $20.9 billion in the year-ago quarter. However, the Windows maker saw a 3.7 percent drop in profit to $6.38 billion (76 cents a share) from $6.62 billion (78 cents a share) one year ago.

Microsoft saw a revenue increase of 24 percent in its Windows division to $5.88 billion (or 11 percent when adjusted for early sales of Windows 8) for the second quarter, which was the first to include Windows 8.

Microsoft didn't offer sales figures for its first homemade tablet, Surface with Windows RT. The new version -- Surface with Windows 8 Pro -- is expected to hit store shelves on February 9.

“Our big, bold ambition to reimagine Windows as well as launch Surface and Windows Phone 8 has sparked growing enthusiasm with our customers and unprecedented opportunity and creativity with our partners and developers,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO at Microsoft. “With new Windows devices, including Surface Pro, and the new Office on the horizon, we’ll continue to drive excitement for the Windows ecosystem and deliver our software through devices and services people love and businesses need.”

Windows 8, which was released in late October 2012, was met with plenty of criticism for its massive redesign. However, many PC makers (such as Dell) were hoping that it'd be the saving grace for the PC market, where hardware sales had been declining over the years as mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) exploded onto the scene.

But many PC makers didn't see a huge increase in sales with Windows 8. And while Microsoft hasn't released sales figures for its Surface tablet yet, reports last month indicated that the new device took a sales hit due to a lack of distribution. Microsoft had only offered the Surface with Windows RT online and at Microsoft stores (and there are a little over 60 stores total in the U.S.).

In mid-December, Microsoft finally allowed third-party retailers to sell the Surface. Surface with Windows RT also made its way to Australia in mid-December, and will do so in other countries in the following months.

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that 60 million Windows 8 licenses were sold. However, 60 million licenses sold doesn't mean that there are 60 million Windows 8 devices out there.

In today's financial earnings report for Q2, Microsoft also announced declines in its Entertainment and Devices division (including Xbox) of 11 percent to $3.77 billion and its Business division (including Microsoft Office) of 10 percent to $5.69 billion from a year earlier.

Microsoft's shares were down 2.1 percent in after-hours trading today to $27.63.

Source: Microsoft

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RE: Windows 8 sucks
By Pirks on 1/24/2013 9:40:55 PM , Rating: -1
Windows 8 rocks and you're a lying troll, nothing else needs to be said.

Windows 8 Clover Trail tablets are the only original and sizable competition to iPad at the moment. Capable of running touch metro apps as well as old Windows non-touch apps like Outlook etc.

There's no other OS that combines this ability on the market. You can't have a slick thin/light multitouch tablet plus a fully featured x86 Windows PC in one small device with iOS or Android. And the situation will drastically improve with Haswell based Surface Pro 2 next year. Although even now the Clover Trail based tablets are quite competitive with iPad as is. They just need more high end 3D games like Dead Trigger to finally catch up to iOS.

So piss off with your funny lies, moron.

RE: Windows 8 sucks
By Nyu on 1/24/13, Rating: -1
RE: Windows 8 sucks
By StevoLincolnite on 1/24/2013 10:15:38 PM , Rating: 2
If you don't like Windows 8, don't buy it.
Windows 7 is still on the shelves last time I checked.

RE: Windows 8 sucks
By Nyu on 1/24/13, Rating: 0
RE: Windows 8 sucks
By Gnarr on 1/25/2013 3:15:36 AM , Rating: 2
Well.. I installed it on my desktop, my laptop and my work computer willingly and I'm loving it.

RE: Windows 8 sucks
By Pirks on 1/25/13, Rating: -1
RE: Windows 8 sucks
By nikon133 on 1/28/2013 6:05:38 PM , Rating: 2
Works like a charm for me, too.

I did my work PC first, back in September.

My laptop in December.

I did an upgrade on my gaming PC last week and used that as opportunity to do a clean install of Win 8 on that machine, too. So I am completely Win 8 now and very happy with it. Next step, WP8 and probably Win 8 tablet (ThinkPad Tablet 2 looks nice).

RE: Windows 8 sucks
By cyberguyz on 1/25/2013 7:33:38 AM , Rating: 4
I am taking the wait and see approach. I think it is the market that will tell not opinions voiced in here. I can't predict how everyone other than myself will react to Windows 8.

I've used Win8 for a couple months and never gained a liking for it. I much prefer using Windows 7. I won't go so far as to say Win8 sucks, I only find it less suitable for the things I do with computers than its predecessor.

Others, or even the majority may not share this view. I can only speak for myself in that I prefer an OS that is tailored to the kind of device I am using it on. I'm not a big fan of the "Jack of all Trades, Master of none" approach to operating systems. I much prefer an operating that is specialized and very good at handling my needs without being bloated with things I don't need (i.e Metro). I also like my OS to look good. IMHO Win-7's Aero Glass GUI is far nicer to look at than Win-8's Metroish flat graphic desktop. Sorry Microsoft, but IMO you had a winner with Aero. I really don't like what you used to replace it.

I understand Microsoft's financial dream of getting everyone hooked on their Microsoft App store (to me this is the #1 reason why this whole Metro thing is included in Win8). There is a lot of money to be made from that market -- to the right customers. I just don't expect to see a lot of desktop users making much use of it though tablet and phone users will use it extensively.

What I don't get is this: Microsoft already has a separate tablet/phone oriented OS called Windows RT. Was it really necessary to put the RT features into Win8 just for the possibility of gaining desktop user's custom into the MS App store?

RE: Windows 8 sucks
By V-Money on 1/25/2013 4:53:14 PM , Rating: 3
I agree with this assessment. In an earlier forum discussion I talked about the problems that I was having with Win 8 (For me it was app compatibility, bluetooth, updating issues, and just general bugginess) and I solved some of the problems. Unfortunately Win 8 users aren't as good as Linux users, if you have a problem with Linux you simply start a thread "I hate win 8 because of..." and you will have all of your problems solved, here it was mostly "deal with it" or "I didn't have that problem". I do appreciate the help of a user that mentioned that you can load Win 7 drivers (fixed my bluetooth problem).

Anyways, after playing around with it I managed to make my computer start up in no time flat and made it run smoother and faster, but I still couldn't get my Zune software or Audials to work on it. I realize that I am one of 6 people that use the Zune, but I love the thing and I prefer the software over Xbox Music. As for Audials, I bought version 8 years ago, then I just bought version 9 a couple months ago. Just after Win8 was released they fixed the issue and called it version 10 and their response is to buy the new one...F@%# them.

I decided to add a second hd to my laptop in raid 0 configuration and just for fun loaded Win 7 onto it (by that I mean I initially went to reinstall Win8 but because I created the usb install on my other laptop it wouldn't install due to their antipiracy crap, so I put on 7 first). I did this about a week ago and it has been running so smoothly and without a single issue that I don't think I'm going to upgrade it back. I will wait and see what happens with it though, but I personally prefer 7, the experience is magnitudes better. It takes longer to boot, but since I rarely start it up (maybe once a week or 2) its not really an inconvenience.

RE: Windows 8 sucks
By Da W on 1/25/13, Rating: 0
RE: Windows 8 sucks
By Piiman on 1/26/2013 9:24:25 AM , Rating: 2
Disagree. Netflix Metro is half baked and nowhere near as flexible when it comes to finding or browsing for movies, I feel the same for the YouTube app. Can’t comment on the others as I didn’t use them before going back to Win 7,

I had to use the Metro Netflix app though as none of my browsers seem to work with win8 and MS Silverlight BS. (Well it worked for a week and then gave DRM errors in everyone of my 3 different browsers) Netflix couldn't figure it out either. I fixed the problem by reverting to Win 7 now all is as it should be. Working!

RE: Windows 8 sucks
By Beavermatic on 1/24/2013 11:21:55 PM , Rating: 2
Gotta agree. Windows 8 is smooth as silk, boots in less than 5 seconds on my machine, and albeit a few minutes of a new learning curve, better in every way/shape/form.

Works amazingly well with touch, motion or mouse control. Just feels cleaner, more organized, and fresh.

Every game and app and driver has never had any issues.

RE: Windows 8 sucks
By Samus on 1/25/13, Rating: 0
RE: Windows 8 sucks
By Insurgence on 1/25/2013 2:05:47 AM , Rating: 2
I still prefer Windows 7 over Windows 8, but if it came down to using a touch interface for my home computer I would easily make the transition. I just have no need for a Windows 8 tablet, and since neither my laptop or computer have touch screens I will stick with Windows 7. Just personal preference on that front.

RE: Windows 8 sucks
By Piiman on 1/26/2013 9:28:33 AM , Rating: 4
Bingo! It would be a fine OS if they didn't try to shove that METRO BS interface on my deskktop where it doesn't not belong!

Apparently MS wants you to think your desktop PC is a mobile device.

RE: Windows 8 sucks
By Piiman on 1/26/2013 9:26:04 AM , Rating: 5
"Just feels cleaner, more organized, and fresh."
I wonder how much if that is because its a NEW install?

RE: Windows 8 sucks
By nikon133 on 1/28/2013 6:16:11 PM , Rating: 2
I think not. For example, my work install was actually an upgrade over Win 7; I wanted to avoid reinstalling everything. Upgrade worked fine and boot time went down from a minute to 20s or less. System does feel a bit snappier. 7 was very busy after login, for example, and trying to execute application (Outlook, for example) took a lot of time before background loading was done. On 8, there is still HDD activity after login, but apps start much faster - it looks like 8 is prioritising app load to background loads.

Laptop (with SSD) and home PC are booting a few seconds faster, after a clean install.

RE: Windows 8 sucks
By johnsmith9875 on 1/27/2013 12:46:05 AM , Rating: 3
All new windows installs are lightning fast at first. Tell me how fast Windows 8 is after 6 months of usage.

RE: Windows 8 sucks
By nikon133 on 1/28/2013 6:20:16 PM , Rating: 2
Well like I just said, my work machine was upgrade (no clean install) from Win 7 back in early September. That is almost 5 months and install was not clean, but upgrade on top of 7 Enterprise. I haven't noticed any performance degradation - if it is there, it is still too small to be casually noticeable.

RE: Windows 8 sucks
By mike66 on 1/25/2013 7:53:16 AM , Rating: 2
Windows 8 works fine on a telephone and may improve an older PC to curtain extent. Surface is flogging a dead horse due to being way to expensive for a tablet that runs MS OFFICE as the only reason to buy it when compared to other tablet offerings. If you can't draft a document using open office then you really have no idea of the power of the open tablet platforms and what the real world uses are. The metro UI is just silly on the standard PC monitor which comes with the standard Desktop purchase, why have a touch interface on a none touch screen. So on a desktop win 8 is rubbish, on a tablet it's more expensive then other tablets.
PS. Your swearing and name calling is a reflection of the troll you are, or maybe you have been told that so many times yourself that it was the first thing that came to your tiny mind.

RE: Windows 8 sucks
By kleinma on 1/26/2013 1:28:00 PM , Rating: 2
Last I checked a mouse pointer was more precise than your fat finger, so the Metro interface works just fine without a touch screen. Out of the 3 Windows 8 machines I have, only one is touch screen and I get along just fine on all 3 of them.

RE: Windows 8 sucks
By inighthawki on 1/26/2013 7:36:29 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know of anyone who has complained about the precision of the mouse in metro. I imagine most peoples' issues are with regard to not having an intuitive equivalent to many touch gestures. Things like pinch zoom, or just swiping from the sides of the screen.

RE: Windows 8 sucks
By elleehswon on 1/25/2013 10:10:57 AM , Rating: 2
dead trigger is not a high end 3d game. crysis is a high end 3d game.

high end 3d mobile game =/= high end 3d pc game.

RE: Windows 8 sucks
By Pirks on 1/25/2013 1:49:26 PM , Rating: 1
I meant high end mobile games of course. Sorry for not clarifying that right there.

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