Microsoft Sees 24 Percent Increase in Windows Revenue, Drop in Profit
January 24, 2013 8:20 PM
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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
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
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.
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The learning curve
1/25/2013 4:35:49 AM
Since the dawn of time, or from the time I started using windows(win 95+) my learning curve didnt take more then a few minutes on each OS. Be that Win XP, Vista or Seven in max 10 minutes I knew where every important setting was. Just the same with Win8. And may I say how smooth Win8 runs? I have an old rig c2d E8400 with a sata2 sdd and boy does it run faster then Win7. I'm happy with my Win8 and I'm glad it's out.
RE: The learning curve
1/25/2013 2:13:21 PM
I'm happy with windows 8, mainly because I got my copies for $39 and $15. I had to upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit, so needed to buy a new OS, and at those prices it was a no- brainer. Since I'm using it on 24" desktop monitors, I ignore the Metro UI, installed classic start menu, and disabled the charms. I have to say it does feel smooth, and I'd pick it over Windows 7.
"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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