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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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...
Compatibility ~ legacy, non-fragmented(I'm looking at you Linux) and familiarity drives Windows in business.
In ICT or other business where applications are mission critical they use unix. Most of the web servers and worlds most powerful supercomputers use Unix.
It has been buzzy replacing live search.
Have expected to see WinDows 7 as a growth engine.
So maybe you read to much into it or simply a MAC fanboy I don't know, but it's been proven by experts which I doubt you are that WIN 7 is just as secure as MAC's os *yes, restated as I felt it was needed
I love them really, even though most of my working days frustration is down to their OS, they keep the food on the family table....
Have tried the apple but it was just not as tasty on the inside as the shiny skin led me to believe, felt like I was missing something!