Microsoft simply posted revenue of $17.41 billion for the quarter ended March 30, up 6 p.c. Earnings per share have been 60 cents, down barely from the identical quarter final 12 months however nonetheless sufficient to beat the consensus of Wall Road analysts.
4 of the corporate’s 5 divisions posted will increase in income. Solely the Leisure & Units Division, dwelling to the Xbox 360 console, was down for the quarter. Microsoft blamed the 16 p.c income drop on a weak console market.
In a press release included with the earnings outcomes, CEO Steve Ballmer pointed forward to imminent product releases, together with the subsequent variations of Home windows and Workplace.
“We’re driving towards thrilling launches throughout your complete firm, whereas delivering sturdy monetary outcomes,” Ballmer stated. “With the upcoming launch of recent Home windows 8 PCs and tablets, the subsequent model of Workplace, and a wide selection of services for the enterprise and customers, we shall be delivering distinctive worth to all our clients within the 12 months forward.”
Within the Home windows division, which has been battered by a tough market and competitors from the iPad, income rose 4 p.c to $4.62 billion. The corporate says it has continued to see sturdy adoption of Home windows 7, noting that the working system is now on 40 p.c of enterprise desktops worldwide.
Within the On-line Providers Division, dwelling to the Bing search engine, income rose 6 p.c to $707 million, and the division’s loss shrank to $479 million, down from a lack of $776 million in the identical quarter a 12 months in the past.
The massive gainer for the quarter was the Server & Instruments Division, which noticed its income rise 14 p.c, to $4.57 billion, with working earnings of $1.7 billion.
Income within the Microsoft Enterprise Division, dwelling to Workplace and associated merchandise, rose 9 p.c to $5.81 billion, with working earnings of $3.77 billion, making it the most important Microsoft division.
Analysts polled prematurely by Thomson FInancial anticipated total income from Microsoft of $17.2 billion and earnings per share of 57 cents.
Microsoft additionally barely decreased its projections for working bills for the present fiscal 12 months, saying they are going to be between $28.3 billion and $28.7 billion. The fiscal 12 months ends June 30.
For the upcoming fiscal 12 months, the corporate stated bills are projected to be $30.3 billion to $30.9 billion, a rise of roughly 6 p.c.