Microsoft posts fastest first-quarter growth since 1999

Much like Intel, Microsoft has posted very healthy results for its latest quarter. The Redmond software behemoth says it had revenue of $13.76 billion for the first quarter of its 2008 financial year, which kicked off on July 1. That revenue corresponds to a 27% increase over the same quarter a year before, when Microsoft posted revenue of $10.81 billion. According to Microsoft’s Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell, that’s the fastest revenue growth for a first quarter the company has seen since 1999. Profits-wise, Microsoft says it raked in net income of $4.29 billion, a jump of 23% from the same quarter a year before.

To thank for the increases are Microsoft’s Client, Business, and Server and Tools divisions, which the company says experienced combined revenue growth of 20%. Microsoft also lauds "robust" demand for Windows Vista, Office 2007, Windows Server, and SQL Server. Speaking of Vista in particular, which has been criticized by some analysts for lower-than-expected sales, Microsoft Platform and Services Division President Kevin Johnson states, "Customer demand for Windows Vista this quarter continued to build with double-digit growth in multi-year agreements by businesses and with the vast majority of consumers purchasing premium editions."

For the second quarter of its 2008 financial year, which will end on December 31, Microsoft expects revenue to rise to $15.6-16.1 billion and operating income to grow to $5.9-6.1 billion.

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    • herothezero
    • 12 years ago

    q[

    • Forge
    • 12 years ago

    Microsoft is a gigantic flywheel. If you tolerate it long enough, it’ll build up so much momentum that it simply can’t be stopped.

    That doesn’t mean that everyone, or even a majority approve of it. It just means that it’s really good at retaining momentum once it’s started.

    • herothezero
    • 12 years ago

    q[

      • Mithent
      • 12 years ago

      The problem with UAC is, I believe, that Windows programmers aren’t used to not having the full run of the system.. thus far too many programs that want elevation, or have subtle problems when run with limited credentials. It’s a good idea and not one I’d turn off, but it’ll probably work better once most programs were developed with Vista in mind.

      • indeego
      • 12 years ago

      Took me more than 8 minutes, I had OEM, because they accused me of running on more than one machine on the network. I got activation prompt without removing/adding any hardware, period. The indian dude was so sick and tired of the calls like mine he was getting that he just transferred me to dead airg{<.<}g

    • Hance
    • 12 years ago

    Microsofts game division posted a profit for the first time ever also !

    • flip-mode
    • 12 years ago

    All while I’m seriously contemplating dumping Vista Ultimate and going XP-pro 64.

    I ran into the stupidest Vista blemish yet t’other day: In XP, I can open Win Explorer and drag a file or a drive to the start menu shortcut area and then from there the shortcut offers both the flyout menu and double click to open the location in Win Explorer. If I do this in Vista, double click the shortcut… it opens in Win Explorer but with some special path in the User’s start menu folder – so I can’t got to the real parent folder!!! That is annoying me so much I can hardly stand it.

    No “up” arrow key? It was so stupid to remove that I can’t find the words.

    UAC continues to suck the sweaty nads of a long distance runner.

    STILL no “new folder” button in the Win Explorer tool bar. This simple button is about a decade and a half late to the party.

    After two full months with Vista I’m liking less and less.

    My next full upgrade has a 50/50 chance of being a Mac.

      • Meadows
      • 12 years ago

      I like Vista and I keep liking it more and more.
      I guess you are aware of the fact how XP 64 usually faces issues, so you’d better choose Vista 64 then.

      I guess everyone’s content with using the “Back” button and right-clicking to create new folders. Except you of course.

      UAC shouldn’t bother anyone – but in case it does, you’re free to turn that off.

      Your next upgrade has a 50% chance of leaving everyone uninterested.

        • indeego
        • 12 years ago

        I hate how the backspace in vista explorer goes to the last folder viewed, not up one level like every OS before it. That is one of the hardest habits of mine to break.

        Oh and I hate how the focus in Vista Aero is difficult to detect in explorer file selections, window borders, and many other areas. Yes I can adjust, but I work on so many machines that the default is what I deal with most often, and it’s annoying.

        Speaking of Aero, I’m less liking it overall. Oftentimes I’ll have a cmd prompt in the background running scripts or scrolling, and it’ll show through the transparency of the foreground window. This doesn’t help me.

        Vista’s taskmgr/resource manager is kick ass. I love it. That alone is worth the price. The error reporting has been far more miss than hit, but I imagine it’s very useful to the newbs. An example is HL2.exe (half life 2 crashing playing portal.) I know what the problem is: nvidia/valve fighting over dual screens. Vista thinks I need to update HL2. ah, no. I don’t. Thanks, it’s all steam, and there are no updates (yet)

        I had a hell of a time with activation. I will never early adopt (i.e. pre SP1) any microsoft Operating system ever again because of that hassleg{<.<}g

          • flip-mode
          • 12 years ago

          The new task manager does indeed kick arse.

          One way to avoid the craptastic experience of activiation is to buy the software but use an activation crack. I didn’t do that myself, I’m just saying.

          But that leads me to another aspect of Vista that sucks – have to explain myself to Microsoft every time I wanna install my OS. What if I wanna install it again just for fun? What if I’m one of those goofies that believe in WinRot? What if; what if; what if?

            • FubbHead
            • 12 years ago

            I agree, it’s stupid.. I buy the product, stop bugging me. Personal computing isn’t really personal computing with Windows.

          • ReAp3r-G
          • 12 years ago

          it’s really “simple solutions to complicated problems”

          there’s tons of ways to get around the “blemishes” as some ppl call it…its not that hard…so what if a button or function is missing…i used to be skeptical of XP when it came out and i got into it coz my system needed to…i liked it after…and that taught me to accept vista as it is…its new it’ll get better soon

        • flip-mode
        • 12 years ago

        I’m not the only one that is not content with the lack of a “new folder” button.

        I don’t want to turn off a security feature – what else gets turned of besides the annoying stuff?

        You previous comment has 0% chance of being helpful.

          • dmitriylm
          • 12 years ago

          Ok, well you all have a 100% chance of needing to shut the hell up. Or should I just leave the babies to the bickering?

            • flip-mode
            • 12 years ago

            Babies will be babies.

        • bdwilcox
        • 12 years ago

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        • crazybus
        • 12 years ago

        He made valid criticisms of Vista and you insult him for it? mmkay…

        He’s definitely not the only one who misses the up folder button in windows explorer, although with use, I might be able to get accustomed to the new address bar system. Backspace not going up a folder is annoying. Alt-left arrow is my usual back keyboard shortcut, although I usually just use my mouse’s back button. You say UAC shouldn’t bother anyone when it reality I’d say it bothers a lot of people. I shut it off.

        IMO Vista’s explorer is decent but still has flaws. Not putting an option in for creating a new folder is just crazy. I wonder if bxNewFolder §[<http://www.baxbex.com/products.html<]§ works in vista. I use to use it with XP, even though it's stupid that you have to have another process taking up resources to do something that should be built into explorer.

      • Nekrik
      • 12 years ago

      To replace the ‘Up folder’ icon when in Explorer it took me a while to adjust, but I now find using the ‘drop down’ arrows in the address bar far more efficient. With a single click on the triangles you can expose all the subfolders of all the directories in your current directory path, if you’re 12 subfolder deep you navigate up 5 of them in two clicks, or you can navigate to a different branch that is 7 directories up and then any number of subfolders below that directory in two clicks as well.

      To me this is one of the feature changes that they do not promote enough, in reality they gave greater flexibility but on the surface it seems that they have removed functionality with out offering an equitable alternative.

    • Kopi
    • 12 years ago

    I want to see the faces of all those trolls out there who have been predicting doom for M$. I remember the too many times I’ve read posts here about how M$ is falling, losing shares, Vista and Office as crap and not selling well. Man, when will trolls learn to put up or shut up?

      • JJCDAD
      • 12 years ago

      Pot…Kettle…Black. 🙄

    • Krogoth
    • 12 years ago

    Vista and Office 2007 are apparently selling well, despite all of the nasty FUD.

      • kaikara
      • 12 years ago

      yeah because the FUD is just fanboys being fanboys. The average user is going to use Vista and not give a crap that people are calling it crap when it really isn’t.

        • bdwilcox
        • 12 years ago

        No, the average user is going to call me when their older programs that worked just fine under XP won’t work under Vista.

          • A_Pickle
          • 12 years ago

          No, the average user doesn’t give a shit. He or she uses the programs that came on the computer… and those… will probably be compatible.

            • flip-mode
            • 12 years ago

            The average user does give a spit actually. It take folks round here hours, days or maybe weeks to figure something out . It takes the average user weeks months or years. My dad is still learning XP stuff. Folks here at my office hate Office 2007 and they end up doing less formatting of their documents cause they don’t wanna figure stuff out.

            • bdwilcox
            • 12 years ago

            Have you ever supported the average user you condescend to? Most want to use their old copy of Office instead of shelling out $170 for an upgrade. Not with Vista. Mom gets a new computer and wants to use her old greeting card and banner program. Nope. Dad has an old DOS program he can’t let go, they don’t make anymore, and that barely ran under 2000 or XP. No chance under Vista (without a VM which I’ll have to set up). Dr. Somebody at work has a $30,000 microscope controller program that’s worked since 3.11. Time to cough up another 30 grand to make it run under Vista. Friend has an old version of Quickbooks / Peachtree / MYOB / One Write Plus / Quicken. Sorry, time to upgrade and relearn everything.

      • clone
      • 12 years ago

      is it popularity, is it the lower price, is it the free shipping deal on entire order being offered by retailers if you buy Windows Vista, or does it have more to do with the lack of choice for newbs and the pre bundling with all major vendors?

      more ppl are using XP than Vista, no arguement, more ppl are using Vista than did yesterday no arguement.

      Microsoft is releasing games that will only play on Vista.

      Microsoft will not port DX10 to XP, having dropped the virtual ram requirement this is possible but they won’t anyway.

      Microsoft is pushing computers to be sold with Vista instead of XP and offering Vista at a lower price.

      is Vista getting adopted because it’s popular or is it being adopted because of deliberate market manipulation?

      Vista has it’s merits I fully acknowledge them but it’s +’s are outweighed atm by a lack of tangible benefit for the majority of computer users…..one day Vista may be really good…. it isn’t yet it’s only average to worse than XP but eventually…… it’s a shame MS couldn’t sell Vista’s merits and instead is pushing it on the market and calling it popular.

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