Microsoft Reports Record Third-Quarter Revenue

Microsoft Corp. today announced third-quarter revenue, operating income and diluted earnings per share of $14.45 billion, $4.41 billion and $0.47, respectively. Operating income and earnings per share results included a charge of $1.42 billion, or $0.15 per share, for the European Commission fine. Income taxes were reduced by $0.15 per share for the resolution of a tax audit.

"Our third-quarter results demonstrate the benefit of our diversified business model," said Chris Liddell, chief financial officer of Microsoft. "Our broad span across geographies, product categories and customer segments is a tremendous asset and supports our outlook for double-digit revenue, operating income and earnings per share growth for this fiscal year and also for fiscal year 2009."

Entertainment and Devices revenue for the quarter grew 68% over the comparable period last year driven by robust demand for Xbox 360 consoles. Cumulative console sales surpassed 19 million during the quarter, up 74% from a year ago. Server and Tools revenue growth of 18% added to its string of consecutive double-digit revenue growth quarters, which now stands at 23.

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