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Microsoft profits top expectations, finance chief Klein leaving

Microsoft this afternoon reported profits of 72 cents per share, a rise of 20 p.c, beating Wall Road’s estimates by 4 cents when together with income that was deferred from earlier quarters due to accounting guidelines associated to promotions for Home windows 8 and different new merchandise.

Individually, Microsoft mentioned its chief monetary officer, Peter Klein, is leaving the corporate after 4 years within the job and 11 years with the corporate. Microsoft didn’t give a purpose for the departure, however mentioned it’s going to identify a brand new finance chief from its present ranks of economic executives.

Not together with income deferred from earlier quarters, income within the firm’s Home windows division was flat at $4.6 billion in comparison with the identical quarter a 12 months in the past. Subtracting out the deferred income in that means offers a extra correct glimpse of how the Home windows enterprise did for the quarter. Accounting guidelines required Microsoft to attend to acknowledge income from Home windows 8 advance improve promotions till the brand new working system was in the marketplace.

The flat consequence within the Home windows enterprise might have been worse: A current report from IDC mentioned that PC shipments slipped 14 p.c within the first quarter.

Elsewhere throughout Microsoft’s enterprise, income was up 11 p.c to $5 billion within the firm’s Server & Instruments Division. Leisure & Units, residence to the Xbox enterprise, posted income of $2.15 billion, up 33 p.c, not together with income deferrals. The Microsoft Enterprise Division, residence to Microsoft Workplace, noticed a income improve of 5 p.c, to $6.1 billion, not together with income deferrals.

Income rose to $832 million in Microsoft’s On-line Companies Division, from $707 million in the identical quarter a 12 months in the past. The web division’s working loss narrowed to $262 million, from a lack of $480 million beforehand. On-line Companies was Microsoft’s solely unprofitable division for the quarter.

Microsoft’s conference call with analysts begins at 2:30 Pacific time.

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