Microsoft confirms record revenue as Windows slips

Posted by TG Daily Staff

Microsoft confirmed record Q4 revenue of $17.37 billion for the quarter ending June 30, 2011 - an 8% increase from the same period last year.

For the fiscal year, Redmond reported revenue of $69.94 billion, a 12% increase from the prior year.

Microsoft confirms record revenue as Windows slips"Throughout fiscal 2011, we delivered to market a strong lineup of products and services which translated into double-digit revenue growth, and operating margin expansion," said Microsoft CFO Peter Klein.

"Our platform and cloud investments position us for long-term growth."

According to Klein, growth was driven by a number of divisions within Redmond, including Business (via MS Office), Server & Tools and Online Services.


Meanwhile, Entertainment & Devices grew by an impressive 30% for the fourth quarter and 45% for the full year, primarily due to the ongoing momentum of the Xbox console, Kinect and Live.

Indeed, the Xbox 360 was ranked the top-selling game console in the U.S. over the past twelve months.

Microsoft confirms record revenue as Windows slips

Although solid growth was reported across most of the company, Windows and Windows Live Division revenue declined 1% for the fourth quarter as revenue for the full year decreased 2%.

Nevertheless, excluding the impact of the prior year Windows 7 launch and revenue deferral, Microsoft estimates full-year revenue growth remained in line with PC market growth of 2% to 4%. 



It should be noted that Redmond recently showcased a preview of its long-awaited Windows 8, which features a new user interface, fresh app experience and support for RISC-based ARM chips.