Microsoft Reports a Strong Q3 Thanks to Win7, XBL

The company said the results don't include the deferral of $305 million of revenue relating to the Microsoft Office 2010 Technology Guarantee program. Adjusting for the revenue deferral, third-quarter revenue totaled $14.81 billion, an increase of 8 percent over the prior year period.

Heavily hit by the recession, Microsoft last year recorded the first decline in quarterly revenue in its 23-year history as a public company. Revenues in the fiscal third quarter ended March 31 2009 slipped 6 percent to $13.65 billion from $14.45 billion in the same period the previous year.

Microsoft pointed to Windows 7 as one of the big reasons for the jump.

"Windows 7 continues to be a growth engine, but we also saw strong growth in other areas like Bing search, Xbox LIVE and our emerging cloud services," said Peter Klein, chief financial officer at Microsoft. "Our record third-quarter revenue along with continued rigor on cost management resulted in exceptional EPS growth."

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  • touchdowntexas13
    ehangermicrosoft is doomed they havent come out with anything original for the past 15 years


    First I would have to disagree about microsoft not coming out with anything original for the past 15 years.

    Second I say that a company doesn't always have to come out with unique or original products/services in order to do well. They just have to have quality products/services at a decent price.

    Microsoft does what it does well. I don't think they are too worried. Especially when somewhere in the ball park of 90% of computer users are using their operating system. I'm just saying...
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  • ehanger
    microsoft is doomed they havent come out with anything original for the past 15 years
  • webbwbb
    You need to keep in mind that Microsoft is the most profitable company in the world. If they were truly doomed then they would not be posting record high revenues. also keep in mind that being number one does tend to cause complacency. If someone else does start pushing ahead of them, they will have quite a lot of time and resources to change things around and get their spot back.
  • touchdowntexas13
    ehangermicrosoft is doomed they havent come out with anything original for the past 15 years


    First I would have to disagree about microsoft not coming out with anything original for the past 15 years.

    Second I say that a company doesn't always have to come out with unique or original products/services in order to do well. They just have to have quality products/services at a decent price.

    Microsoft does what it does well. I don't think they are too worried. Especially when somewhere in the ball park of 90% of computer users are using their operating system. I'm just saying...