Microsoft posts record breaking revenues, impresses analysts

Microsoft announced today that their revenue for this quarter has broken records and beaten analyst predictions, according to Engadget, coming in at a smooth $16.2 billion. $5.41 billion of that was profit. The great financial news, according to Microsoft, is a consequence of the successful retail run of Office 2010, increased PC sales, and 38% growth in the Xbox department.

Microsoft seems to be on quite the roll lately. With Windows 7 becoming the most sold operating system in computing history, and Office 2010 sales increasing the already impressive presence of the Office productivity ecosystem in the consumer and enterprise worlds, it’s no wonder that the company is doing so well right now. Add to that the upcoming US launch of Windows Phone 7, already critically acclaimed and lauded by reviewers, and the inevitable holiday sales rush of the Xbox 360 Kinect, and you’ve got optimistic analysts across the board.

Microsoft will host an earnings call later this evening (5:30 PM EDT) to formally announce and discuss the numbers, and I’m sure the call will be generally jovial and full of stockholders’ smiles. 

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SoLoR1 said,
I think this announcement was after wallstreet closed... wait for tomorrow was same with google a ~week ago... stock prices +75$ over night.

Well after hours, Microsoft is doing pretty well. Up 3.08% so far to put them at $27.09

Wall Street tries very hard not to care about MSFT, but maybe the waves of good news are getting more difficult for them to ignore.

Sweet! A strong Microsoft and a strong Apple is good for consumers. They've both raised the bar and put out some great products the last few years.

COKid said,
Sweet! A strong Microsoft and a strong Apple is good for consumers. They've both raised the bar and put out some great products the last few years.

Agreed. I love my Windows 7, my iPhone 4, and various google stuff. Why hate when you can enjoy all the different companies' products?

J_R_G said,

Agreed. I love my Windows 7, my iPhone 4, and various google stuff. Why hate when you can enjoy all the different companies' products?

This sane opinion is surprisingly uncommon, or at least it looks like it.

J_R_G said,

Why hate when you can enjoy all the different companies' products?

Wow! Say that again. I don't think enough people heard you. Finally someone understands.

J_R_G said,

Agreed. I love my Windows 7, my iPhone 4, and various google stuff. Why hate when you can enjoy all the different companies' products?


That's what I'm talking about dude.

Northgrove said,
This sane opinion is surprisingly uncommon, or at least it looks like it.

+1 Sobering opinion, in these times of fan boyism

"...and I'm sure the call will be generally jovial and full of stockholders' smiles"

You have to listen to these calls. It's always... geez you made record profits for a non-holiday quarter, but we really wish you beat our estimates by even more. lol

Kinect, Office 2010 AND 2011 (Mac), the all round excellent Windows 7 and Windows 7 phone and even Bing on multiple devices (including that of Apple). I think MS is doing quite well for themselves post Vista/Gates era.

MS may not be so great with their brand awareness but sales speaks for itself.

I think apple might wanna buy microsoft... queue baseless article in 3-2-1. but be sure to make it about phones like every other article on the front page these days.

Tpiom said,
Microsoft is dying. Last year they had a HUGE fall:e.

They took some losses but mostly set themselves up for some nice future gains. Re-investment in Phone, Xbox, Office, Windows and Bing was expensive however it was smart. MS is cash rich and they sat around for a while on that pile of cash and it bit their butt. It looks like they're starting to re-invest and grow their market once again. Far from dying. You want "dying" companies look at the staff augmentation and off shoring sector.. all those giants that sold themselves out of a job

I like when companies do well, not only Microsoft but also Apple, Google, Adobe, etc... But I'm veeery happy to see this news after reading some non sense negative articles about Microsoft

daniel_rh said,
I like when companies do well, not only Microsoft but also Apple, Google, Adobe, etc... But I'm veeery happy to see this news after reading some non sense negative articles about Microsoft

+1

What I find amusing is that all the people here are talking like it's their company that's doing well!!? That said it is not a bad thing when companies do well, after all that is what their obvious goal is! My issue is, that when the world is still in recession and unemployment is at an all time high, these companies are ripping the consumer off left, right and center! Billions and billions of $ profit and no real relief for the hard pressed consumer! For 1st world countries and consumers it's hard enough but for the struggling economies/countries, it is far worse! They are busy collapsing under the weight of the financial burden these giant companies place on them! A strong, prosperous world is a better place than just the few who have everything! As time goes on, the imbalance get worse and worse!

Farstrider said,
What I find amusing is that all the people here are talking like it's their company that's doing well!!?

MS has actually done really well at growing and sustaining its employee numbers.. in fact, some analysts hold it against them how big they are. The tech sector isn't the industry plagued with job issues either. While its difficult across the board, its the manufacturing/construction/new housing and "blue collar" jobs that really got ripped up and thrown away.

Seeing as that i'm looking for a Job, redmond has a lot of open positions right now!

Farstrider said,
What I find amusing is that all the people here are talking like it's their company that's doing well!!? That said it is not a bad thing when companies do well, after all that is what their obvious goal is! My issue is, that when the world is still in recession and unemployment is at an all time high, these companies are ripping the consumer off left, right and center! Billions and billions of $ profit and no real relief for the hard pressed consumer! For 1st world countries and consumers it's hard enough but for the struggling economies/countries, it is far worse! They are busy collapsing under the weight of the financial burden these giant companies place on them! A strong, prosperous world is a better place than just the few who have everything! As time goes on, the imbalance get worse and worse!


That is really something to think about!

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