Microsoft posts record results; Windows sales dip

Apple and Intel aren’t the only tech companies posting eye-popping financial results every quarter. Microsoft is part of the club, too, and it has once again failed to disappoint, posting "record" numbers for its latest fiscal quarter ending on March 31. Microsoft boasts about a 13% growth in revenue and a whopping 31% hike in net income.

  Q3 FY’10 Q2 FY’11 Q3 FY’11
Revenue $14.50 billion $19.95 billion $16.43 billion
Net income $4.01 billion $6.63 billion $5.23 billion

The company saw double-digit growth in its business, online services, and server divisions, as well. The entertainment division saw the highest growth of all: 60%, purportedly thanks to Kinect for the Xbox 360 (which Microsoft calls the "fastest-selling consumer electronics device in history"). Windows 7 sales were another story, falling by 4% compared to the same quarter a year ago. Microsoft says Windows revenue was "in line with the PC trends, excluding prior year launch impact."

Incidentally, I should point out that Microsoft now appears to be making less money than Apple. The Mac maker posted $24.7-billion revenue and $5.99-billion net profit for the same quarter. Of course, Apple has had a higher market capitalization than Microsoft for some time. Who would have guessed that a decade ago?

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    • Mystic-G
    • 8 years ago

    I wonder if this has anything to do with Windows 8.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 8 years ago

    The year-ago quarter was the first full quarter of Windows 7 availability, right? In that case being down 4% isn’t that big of a deal, IMO.

    • Arag0n
    • 8 years ago

    Cyril, I don’t want to be bad, but Apple it’s a Hardware company and hardware usually has a lower profit margin but moves much more money. If you look to Q2 data of both companies, it’s 24.7 / 6.0 vs 20.0 / 6.6, it’s not going to take long I guess, but Apple stills does less income than Microsoft, so they have less operating costs than Apple, and whats better, they have less dependency, since Hardware costs aren’t independant and Microsoft only should worry about hardware costs of Kinect and XBox 360.

    If for some reason there is a shortage of computer components, apple profit will deep god knows how much, and Microsoft will have no troubles since there is more areas that aren’t related with new hardware than in the apple side.

    Said that, market capability means nothing, it’s just a sum of wishes, hopes and results. People expects apple to keep going up so market capability also does. The day the sales go flat year over year, apple market capability will go down, because wishes and hopes, will go down, even if results are still the same.

    • Firestarter
    • 8 years ago

    Time to buy some Windows licenses to support the underdog!

      • sweatshopking
      • 8 years ago

      Ya, they’re the small guys now! We need to keep some competition happening, i don’t want an apple monopoly!

        • Sargent Duck
        • 8 years ago

        Imagine Steve with a monopoly! *shudders*

          • sweatshopking
          • 8 years ago

          SOUNDS MAGICAL!!!

          • End User
          • 8 years ago

          We don’t have to imagine it. We are living it now: Steve “Developers” Ballmer [url<]http://goo.gl/fUqT[/url<]

            • sweatshopking
            • 8 years ago

            that’s not the steve he means, and you know it.
            personally, i’d rather have lunch with ballmer than jobs. at least with ballmer, i’m not the only sweaty guy. probably better more relaxed than jobs.

            • NeXus 6
            • 8 years ago

            More relaxed?

            [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvsboPUjrGc[/url<]

            • sweatshopking
            • 8 years ago

            i didn’t say he was relaxed, just more relaxed than jobs. I imagine he hasn’t taken a dump in the last decade.

            • travbrad
            • 8 years ago

            His dumps are called the iDump, and you will get sued if your turd looks similar.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 8 years ago

            Look…or ‘feel.’ You just don’t want to know how the latter is tested.

            • End User
            • 8 years ago

            Both Ballmer and Microsoft share the same quality: a complete lack of taste.

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 8 years ago

          MP3 player market

        • Arag0n
        • 8 years ago

        If windows monopoly was bad, apple monopoly it’s a nightmare!

          • End User
          • 8 years ago

          The only real nightmare was that of Microsoft being the dominant player. Thank goodness companies such an Google and Apple are kicking Microsoft where it hurts.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 8 years ago

            On the flip side monopoly brings standardization. Just imagine how awkward PC developemnt would have been if there were y OSes each with (100/y)% market share.

            • End User
            • 8 years ago

            Standardization by monopoly is not the same as standardization by a vibrant/diverse ecosystem. Microsoft tried to strong arm their version of standardization. Thank goodness that has failed. The biggest blight on the tech industry for the past 30 years has been Microsoft

        • blastdoor
        • 8 years ago

        I think you guys are all missing a very important point.

        One of the remarkable things about apple beating Microsoft in profits is that they did it without becoming a monopolist in anything. There is no market where apple has as high a market share as Microsoft has with windows.

        It’s a nice lesson for all the kids out there — it is possible to succeed in business by making products people WANT to buy, not just by making products people HAVE to buy.

          • sweatshopking
          • 8 years ago

          MP3 players? which up until recently has been their biggest market?

            • blastdoor
            • 8 years ago

            Apple does not have as high a share of the media player market as MS does of the OS market with Windows. Apple has about 75% share in the US, lower worldwide.

            • no51
            • 8 years ago

            OS10 is on 99.99% of all Macintoshes. Sounds like a monopoly to me.

            • blastdoor
            • 8 years ago
            • NeelyCam
            • 8 years ago

            My god you’re pissed off… did your best friend steal your boyfriend?

            • no51
            • 8 years ago

            So what’s stopping AAPL from preloading Windows or Ubuntu on their machines? IHV’s like HP and Dell do it. What’s stopping AAPL from letting OS10 be installed on other machines? ISV’s like Microsoft and Canonical do it.

            • KoolAidMan
            • 8 years ago

            Ridiculous comparison. You can install any operating system you want on Mac hardware. As far as why you can’t “legally” install OS X on non-Mac hardware, it is because Apple isn’t in the business of selling standalone operating systems, they are in the business of selling a fully integrated hardware and software stack.

            Very different from Microsoft who makes almost all of their profits from software sales.

            Saying that OS X has a monopoly on Macs is as idiotic as saying that the XBox 360 operating system has a monopoly on XBox hardware, or any other piece of hardware with software that is exclusive to it.

            • no51
            • 8 years ago

            [quote<]Saying that OS X has a monopoly on Macs is as idiotic as saying that the XBox 360 operating system has a monopoly on XBox hardware, or any other piece of hardware with software that is exclusive to it.[/quote<] Would you say it's almost as idiotic as comparing an embedded OS (OS10) to a hardware agnostic (for the most part) OS (Windows)?

            • End User
            • 8 years ago

            The answer is very simple. Apple does not manufacture nor has rights to a product called OS10.

            • no51
            • 8 years ago

            So the X is OSX is the letter X and not the Roman Numeral X which means 10? Which logically follows 9, which was their previous version of their OS, Mac OS9?

            • End User
            • 8 years ago

            LOL!

            Mac OS X ( /ˈmæk ˌoʊ ˌɛs ˈtɛn/ mak oh es ten) – spoken as Mac OS 10 but written as Mac OS X. That’s it, no variations.

            • no51
            • 8 years ago

            [quote<]That's it, no variations.[/quote<] Just as Jobsy likes it. You are well on your way young macawan.

            • End User
            • 8 years ago

            Mac OS X not OS10.

            If you don’t like Mac OS X on a Mac you can install Windoze (XP, Vista, 7) or a Linux distro.

            If you don’t want a Mac then you can buy something from another manufacturer (Dell, Lenovo, etc.) or you can build it yourself.

          • lilbuddhaman
          • 8 years ago

          Are you crazy ? The entire Apple mentality of forcing customers into making products that people HAVE to buy.

          Buy an Apple product ? Must use Apple accessories. (which are often proprietary and useless on any other device)

            • blastdoor
            • 8 years ago

            First of all, you don’t have to buy an apple product to begin with because there are real alternatives in every market where they operate. The fact that you mindlessly skip over that little point is a major omission.

            Second, what the heck are you talking about? I don’t have to use an Apple keyboard, mouse, storage, networking, monitor, etc etc with my Macs. I don’t have to use Apple earphones with my iPod or iPhone.

            You’re in fantasy land.

      • grantmeaname
      • 8 years ago

      Ubuntu!

        • sweatshopking
        • 8 years ago

        I’d like that and i’m running Naty right now, but without full game support, i simply can’t change. there’s only 2 things i do with my computer. 1. internet, and harass you guys, and 2. game. it’s can only do 50% of what i need. and since i’m such a prettiness whore, i want the fancy new games. I know, i’m a tard, but c’est la vie. (that’s french btw)

        • End User
        • 8 years ago

        I’m testing 11.04 out on my 1201N. Everything looks great so far. I hope to upgrade my main workstation to 11.04 over the weekend.

        I hate paying the Microsoft tax every time I buy a new laptop. I’d like to see more companies offer either an OS free product or the option to configure the product with a non-MS OS.

          • indeego
          • 8 years ago

          [url=http://lxer.com/module/forums/t/23168/<]Here are a few.[/url<]

            • End User
            • 8 years ago

            Thanks for the info.

            Ubuntu has a site for certified hardware [url<]http://www.ubuntu.com/certification/[/url<]

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