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Microsoft credits Vista and Halo 3 for strong fiscal Q1 2008 performance
Microsoft sees its fastest Q1 since 1999

We've heard from three major tech companies regarding third quarter performance over the past two weeks. Intel and Apple were both up, while AMD reported its third straight quarter of losses.

Today, it's Microsoft's turn and its results for fiscal Q1 2008 were quite impressive. The Redmond, Washington-based company recorded operating income of $5.92 billion USD and net income of $4.2 billion USD on revenues of $13.76 billion USD. Microsoft's revenue for Q1 represented a 27 percent increase from fiscal Q1 2007 and marks its best fiscal Q1 performance since 1999.

"This fiscal year is off to an outstanding start with the fastest revenue growth of any first quarter since 1999," said Microsoft CFO Chris Liddell. "Operating income growth of over 30% also reflects our ability to translate revenue into profits while making strategic investments for the future."

Not surprisingly, Microsoft also attributed a good portion of its growth to the success of Windows Vista which launched in late November 2006 for OEMs and late January 2007 for consumers.

"Customer demand for Windows Vista this quarter continued to build with double-digit growth in multi-year agreements by businesses and with the vast majority of consumers purchasing premium editions," said Kevin Johnson, remarked Microsoft Platform and Services Division at Microsoft President Kevin Johnson.

On a division-specific basis, Microsoft's Client, Server and Tools, Business, Online Service and Entertainment and Devices divisions reported Q1 2008 revenue growth of 25 percent, 16 percent, 20 percent, 25 percent and 91 percent respectively compared to fiscal Q1 2007.

The big jump in the Entertainment and Devices division can be attributed to none other than Halo 3. Halo 3 generated $170 million USD within a 24-hour period and raked in over $300 million USD during its opening week.

The release of Halo 3 also allowed Microsoft's Xbox 360 to outsell Nintendo's Wii console for the first time during the month of September. The company managed to move 527,000 Xbox 360s during September compared to 501,000 Wiis. This marks a dramatic improvement from the Xbox 360's August numbers of 276,000 units -- itself a big jump from July's tally of 170,000 units.

Halo 3's release was so profound that Hollywood blamed that lackluster box office debut of The Heartbreak Kid on Master Chief's third adventure.

Halo 3's financial impact was also enough to lift Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices division from a loss of $142 million USD during fiscal Q1 2007 to a $165 million USD profit.

Thanks to Microsoft's strong fiscal Q1 2008 performance, it's raising its outlook for fiscal 2008 performance. Its revenue forecasts are being adjusted from the $57.3 billion USD to $59.2 billion USD range. Operating income forecasts are also being raised to $23.5 billion USD from $22.45 billion USD.

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Customer Demand?
By yost007 on 10/26/2007 10:31:09 AM , Rating: -1
More like sales of pc's must be doing well. In most cases you only have one choice of operating system. I bought a new laptop 3 weeks ago. Vista of course in installed. It is fine and all but what a resource hog. Oh and then I found out that if I installed XP on it it would void my warranty and would just plain not work anyway.

This thing has a C2 Duo T7200 w/2 GB's ram and runs Corel X at the same speed as my 3 year old 3.2 P4 with 1 GB ram.

But my biggest gripe with Vista . That damn dialog box that pops up saying "You have blocked startup programs", Ugh.

Anyways congrats to Microsoft for finally making a profit in their entertainment division.

RE: Customer Demand?
By darkpaw on 10/26/2007 10:34:02 AM , Rating: 2
What MFG would actually void your warranty for changing the OS?

I've heard of not offering tech support for an alternate OS, which is understandable. I don't see any way they could legitimately void the warranty though.

RE: Customer Demand?
By Ihmemies on 10/26/2007 10:52:44 AM , Rating: 2
The "blocked startup program" box comes, if you have UAC enabled (you can disable it easily), and there are programs requiring adminstrator rights which run when window starts.

The issue (that a program needs adminstrator rights) can be avoided with better coding, but some developers are just too lazy or don't think that changing their program Vista (UAC) compatible is worth the effort.

I've been waiting Vista-compatible version of Admuncher for 8 months. It's the only program which refuses to work properly without adminstrator rights.

RE: Customer Demand?
By Master Kenobi on 10/26/2007 11:39:50 AM , Rating: 2
You can also go in and actually modify the autorun string for that application so its allowed to run rather than get the popup each time..... It pops up to tell you it blocked something, you can modify it to allow that program to execute.

RE: Customer Demand?
By gramboh on 10/26/2007 12:52:16 PM , Rating: 3
My GF bought a Dell notebook with a Core 2 1.83GHz cpu, 2GB ram, 120GB 7200rpm HDD which came with Vista Home Premium. It runs pretty damn smoothly for desktop/office type use. It honestly doesn't feel much slower than my desktop (Core 2 @ 3.3GHz, 4GB DDR2, Vista x64).

UAC is a GOOD thing for security! Again, it is applications requiring root privledges which they often don't need that cause the pop-ups to happen a lot. Use task scheduled to auto-run stuff you trust on boot and then email developers to complain about stuff requiring root priv that shouldn't.

RE: Customer Demand?
By yost007 on 10/26/2007 1:25:01 PM , Rating: 2
My GF bought a Dell notebook with a Core 2 1.83GHz cpu, 2GB ram, 120GB 7200rpm HDD which came with Vista Home Premium

My sister bought a Dell with AMD T56 or 58 and 2GB of ram (Mine has a C2D T7200). The weird thing is that when we compared our Windows Vista Advisor Ratings, hers was a 5.9 for ram and mine was only 4.1. This is strange because we have the same type and amount of ram.

Also in task manger her memory usage hover around 750 and mine is 930mb. We have the same anti-virus software. Plus after memory allocations for installed devices my pc acutally has 74mb (2032 total) more installed ram as stated in the control panel.

There must be other programs running in the background that are affecting its resources that I am unaware of, but the largest uses are msn at 84mb then dwn.exe at 57mb.

But for the most part it is pretty peppy at most things (Except for booting-up it takes about 4 minutes).

RE: Customer Demand?
By Master Kenobi on 10/26/07, Rating: 0
RE: Customer Demand?
By GreenyMP on 10/26/2007 11:38:40 AM , Rating: 5
A P4 desktop processor 3.2GHz is faster than a 2.0 or 2.16 GHz processor.

Completely true if when you say faster you mean faster at pushing operations through the pipeline. But what you infer is that the P4 at 3.2GHz will out-perform the Core 2 Duo at 2GHz. And that is just not true.

You could probably find one benchmark of some random application that shows the P4 3.2 outperforming the Core 2 Duo at 2GHz. But for the most part the Core 2 Duo will have a 20-30% performance advantage.

The rest of your argument is sound. Bus speeds, memory speeds, and graphics processors on laptops will typically eat up a 20-30% performance advantage in a hurry.

RE: Customer Demand?
By afkrotch on 10/28/2007 10:42:52 PM , Rating: 2
I think you missed part of his post or something, if you think it's sound.

His stupid arguement about the P4's hyperthreading. Sure HT is great an all, but a single core P4 with HT isn't going to work better than dual cores.

Anyways, some benches. (has the Athlon X2 3800+ beating a bunch of Pentium Ds)
(has the mobile Core Duo matching the desktop Athlon X2 3800+) (has the mobile Core 2 Duo beating the mobile Core Duo)

So far what all those tests show is....

Mobile Core 2 Duo > Mobile Core Duo = Desktop Athlon 64 X2 3800+ > Pentium D

I couldn't find a benchmark showing the Pentium D being better than the regular Pentiums, but I don't think I really need to bother doing that.

RE: Customer Demand?
By yost007 on 10/26/2007 11:55:40 AM , Rating: 2
No. You would void software support by your PC manufacturer, but the hardware is still under warranty. Nice try though

Thats what a tech told me anyway when I called them to ask about installing XP. I thought it was odd that he would tell me that. Maybe it was a misunderstanding but it was hard to understand him anyway due to the heavy Indian accent. What was I trying to do anyway?

That Core 2 Duo chip is also running at 2.0 or 2.16 GHz, which is much slower than your old P4.

I was just expecting it to be on par with my old machine. When I benchmarked the 2 machines with SisSoft the laptop processor beat my old P4 by more than 240%. I was actually shocked by this score. But I did not buy this to replace my desktop. I just needed a new toy for when I am away from home.

RE: Customer Demand?
By Setsunayaki on 10/28/2007 5:24:45 PM , Rating: 1
The thing about the whole issue is coercion.

In this house we have 12 computers....At one point we tested Vista out and we hated it. We have all been using windows XP.

I walk through computer science labs and research centers. I know we just all read that Microsoft is doing well...The reality is that companies will lie in their records and pay off other companies to lie.

The reality is that at times I work fixing computers from those who ask me to fix them for money. In the last 6 months the only place I have actually seen a copy of Windows Vista are in stores like Microcenter. Everywhere else...I see XP.....

Halo is what helped microsoft this time around....Customers smartened up and DEMANDED OEMs to sell comps with XP. This is the first time a new OS is released and people demand the old version to the point that Microsoft tried to Phaze out XP and failed miserably.

That Core 2 Duo chip is also running at 2.0 or 2.16 GHz, which is much slower than your old P4.

A processor's raw performance is based on Integer and Floating Point Performance values. You have ALU and FPU performance...

You also have a second core helping you out. The Core 2 processors truly beat out anything than Intel has...I mean...they had to.....and had no choice in delivering a better product for if they did not make something better than Pentium 4s, AMD would be still selling their athlon 64s like hotcakes...

RE: Customer Demand?
By SavagePotato on 10/29/2007 9:39:42 AM , Rating: 2
Yes I realy think Microsoft has completely fabricated their financial results for the quarter. Since im pretty sure that would constitute fraud I can totaly see why they would just make up some number to make Vista look better.

Or maybe you are talking nonsense and haven't got a clue.

Take your pick on which is more likely.

The reason companies like dell started offering XP again is indeed due to consumer demand, but it has nothing to do with being smart. It has everything to do with being afraid of change and buying into false press.

I'm not sure where you work but I work for a very small isp and also do computer repair, and I see tons of vista systems, in a fairly small population center I might add.

Funny story, there was a customer that purchased a toshiba laptop a couple months back. He came back just livid about vista, claiming it was the most horrible thing ever. I forwarded him to the sales manager and sugguested he exhange for an XP laptop if he wasn't happy and never gave it another thought. The other day the guy came back in for something and turns out he ended up keeping vista, his response was now that he's spent some time with it he realised it is in fact quite good, and loves the Vista system.

That situation is what 99% of Vista dislike situations boil down to. "It's different and I feel stupid cause I don't know how to use it so XP is better, beacause I know how to use it and that makes me feel intelligent". People do not like having their lack of knowlege exposed changing things around tends to do that, and that makes them upset.

"Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?... So why the f*** doesn't it do that?" -- Steve Jobs
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