Microsoft releases record earnings

It looks like AT&T isn't the only company sharing positive earnings reports these days. Microsoft has released its earnings report for the second quarter, which ended Dec. 31, 2009, and the numbers are impressive. Microsoft earned $19.02 billion last quarter, a 14% increase over the same period last year. Year-to-date earnings were at $31.94 billion, slightly ahead of last year's pace, which was $31.69 billion.

Microsoft is crediting Windows 7 for the growth. Peter Klein, Chief Financial Officer for Microsoft states, "Exceptional demand for Windows 7 led to the positive top-line growth for the company. Our continuing commitment to managing costs allows us to drive earning performance ahead of the revenue growth." Through the second quarter, Microsoft has sold over 60 million Windows 7 licenses.

Hopefully, seven will be Microsoft's lucky number and similar results will be experienced when they release the next "7" with Windows Mobile 7. Speaking of which, Microsoft confirmed during the earnings conference call that WM7 would be shown at next months Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  It will be interesting to see how much we've heard about Windows Mobile "Seven" is fact or fiction.

You find all the numbers and details of Microsoft's earning report here.

Phil Nickinson

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