Microsoft tops expectations with Q4 revenue of $17.37 billion

By Matthew · 18 replies
Jul 21, 2011
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  1. Hot on the heels of Apple reporting its all-time best quarter, Microsoft has released its fiscal fourth quarter results, posting $17.37 billion revenue with a net income of $5.87 billion,…

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  2. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    the balmer pic on the home page is getting old
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,324   +101

    I agree, I'll change it :).
  4. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Cheers, i guess for this story it was appropriate, Balmer (MS) getting the victory, but we've seen it many times before
  5. Morgawr

    Morgawr TS Rookie Posts: 18

    Consider AMD reported as well, it seems rather odd not to include its results. It's nice to know that they are turning a profit again.... without a windfall from intel.
  6. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    +1 aj, and reflect too much light :D
  7. now if we can just get rid of that Apple rash.

  8. Coodu

    Coodu TS Booster Posts: 173

    Losing money to software pirates? NONSENSE! ;)
  9. Microsoft's doing good and I am sure their Windows Phone 7 and subsequent phone OS's will win over a huge market share, if not dominate. Not because I am a Microsoft fan, but when you take the richest and biggest software company with strong R'n'D and combine with the biggest phone hardware maker and have the two work together and do their best work the result can only be top of the class.

    This is do or die for Nokia and Microsoft's putting in all their effort in this one mobile OS and their phone ambitions. Upon using it myself the UI of the OS feels a generation ahead of anything on the market today. No matter how much Android and Apple have engraved themselves as the premier smartphone devices, when around December you will step into a dealer, the place will be flooded with WP7 devices in all price ranges and you won't have to be forced to buy it either, the device will convince itself.
  10. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Having tried iphone (upto its 4th incarnation) and Android (on various phones including Xperia, Desire HD, SGS etc.) I will agree with your assertion, interfaces on both of these systems feel bit outdated and lacks ambition, well IMO Google simply nicked iOS's UI ideas and slapped them over their offering. Anyway, if MS/Nokia combination offers phones with a very stable OS + compelling hardware choices, it can be good for competition.
  11. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,875   +1,206

    "attributed the division's healthy growth to "the ongoing momentum of the console, Kinect, and Xbox Live." that's putting it lightly. The Kinect was (is) the fastest selling consumer tech product ever with 10 million sold in 4 months. It's also unlocked and able to be hacked and therefore will continue to sell very well.

    here's a cool story from WIRED about the Kinect for those intersted... It's the first depth camera and IR emitter to be commercially available, and is open for use on anything you want to attach it to because MS chose not to encrypt the data it produces.
  12. I wonder what the comments board would look like if/when SONY post their +Revenue?

    Haters would do what they do best.

    Anyways...congrats M$oft. But you dissed your core gamers an now focused on everything Kinect.
    Its obvious you entered the gaming space just for the money an nothing more.

    bye bye X-Box.
  13. ragreeen2646

    ragreeen2646 TS Rookie

    Why does any company do what it does---MORE MONEY.
  14. Wonder how much more money Microsoft would be making if it was still selling Windows XP licenses to all who wanted it.
  15. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    I dont agree that MS is just going to dominate or gain a huge a market simply because its teaming up with Nokia and coming up with a new OS update. Apple and Android have established themselves, firmly, and will continue to change and improve. Yes MS has resources but Android and Apple already have a commanding lead and also have significant resources as well, granted not as much as MS but substantial nonetheless.

    Now if MS was to create a phone which appealed greatly to business users then yes I can see MS eventually dominating the phone market, but in terms of mainstream, its still got a long way to go
  16. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Once upon a time the only game in town was BB OS with what little share WinMo could get for itself. Then Apple came along with iOS, few years later Google joined the party and now is in pretty commanding position. So I wouldn't bet on this, there is always a room for something new / innovative / exciting.
  17. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    True but Apple came out swinging right from the get go, but, win7 phones, not so much. This was mainly because Apple and Android had peoples attention and to me win7 didn't really do much to deter it.

    I can see MS dominating eventually but not because its teaming up with Nokia or bringing out an OS update, but by appealing to business users first, then breaking into mainstream.
  18. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    No they did not, just like WP, first release of iOS did not had many features e.g. MMS, third-party apps, and copy and paste etc. (to name few); so keeping all things in perspective, I don't think MS was that far behind. Another interesting option can be MeeGo, I am not sure why Nokia dumped it, but it seems just as capable as Android, however, I would say it could be better than Android if they continue to improve it, especially if Intel force everyone to maintain strict standards.

    Spot on, I have tried several Android smartphones, and TBH none of them are suitable for corporate environment, mainly due to lax control over the OS resulting in everyone doing their own stuff and adding an extra feature i.e. instability. One reason WinMo had a sizable market for itself for such long period was its stability and that is where MS have an opportunity.
  19. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    To me since it was new /exciting/innovative it did come out swinging, however win7 was not

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