Microsoft earnings soar on Windows 7 success

For evidence that Windows 7 is getting traction in the market, look no further than Microsoft's latest financial results. For the quarter ended December 31, 2009, Microsoft has posted "record revenue" of $19.02 billion and devilish net profits of $6.66 billion—all thanks to "exceptional demand for Windows 7," in the words of Microsoft CFO Peter Klein.

How do those figures compare to previous results? Quite favorably, as you can see below. (The fourth calendar quarter corresponds to the second quarter of Microsoft's fiscal year, by the way.)

  Q2 FY'09 Q1 FY'10 Q2 FY'10
Revenue $16.63 billion $12.92 billion $19.02 billion
Net income $4.17 billion $3.57 billion $6.66 billion

Microsoft boasts in its results announcement that it sold over 60 million Windows 7 licenses in the quarter, making its new baby "the fastest selling operating system in history."

The company didn't do all that badly in Vista's launch quarter, either, posting $14.40 billion revenue and "record" net income of $4.93 billion. In terms of sales, Windows Vista reached the 40-million mark about 2.5 months after its public release.

The Vista figures don't look quite as impressive as those above, of course. Windows 7 admittedly had the advantage of launching relatively early in the holiday quarter, whereas Vista came out on January 30, 2007. To Windows 7's credit, though, it did debut in a relatively shaky economic climate.

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