Microsoft Q4: Windows down, Xbox & Device divisions up

Microsoft revealed its revenues for the fourth quarter of the calendar year of 2011 and it looks like the results met with analyst's previous expectations. The company announced today that revenues came in at $20.89 billion for the quarter, which was a 5 percent increase from the same period a year ago. Net income came in at $6.62 billion for the quarter, just below the income of $6.63 billion for the same period a year ago.

The Windows and Windows Live Division generated revenues of $4.74 billion for the quarter, down 6 percent from the same period a year ago. Microsoft said in the press release that it has now sold 525 million copies of its Windows 7 operating system, with growth slowing ahead of Windows 8's impending release.

The Entertainment & Devices Division, which includes the Xbox business, posted revenue of $4.24 billion for the quarter, up 15 percent from the same period a year ago. The Redmond based company repeated what was mentioned last week at CES 2012, that it has now sold 66 million Xbox 360 consoles and 18 million units of Kinect.

The Microsoft Business Division had revenues of $6.28 billion for the quarter, an increase of 3 percent from the same period a year ago. Microsoft also said it has sold 200 million licenses for Microsoft Office 2010 software since its launch.

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