Microsoft touts record first-quarter results

Intel and Apple aren't the only companies to post record financial results. Microsoft, too, has announced the first quarter of its 2012 fiscal year, ended September 30, was a record-breaking one. Revenue climbed 7% from the same quarter a year ago, while net income rose by 6%. Here are the numbers:

   Q1FY11 Q4FY11 Q1FY12
Revenue $16.20 billion $17.37 billion $17.37 billion
Net income $5.41 billion $5.87 billion $5.74 billion

Things aren't quite as rosy when you compare the last two quarters, but Microsoft does talk of record first-quarter results—not generally record-breaking quarterly results.

In any case, the company quotes revenue increases of 8% for its business division, 10% for its server and tools division, and 2% for its Windows and Windows Live division, which has now sold "over 450 million" Windows 7 licenses. Microsoft says its Bing search engine did well, too, as did its Xbox 360 console, which remained "the top-selling gaming console in the US for the ninth consecutive month."

Microsoft hasn't shared its revenue forecast for the ongoing quarter, but it says that going forward, its financial results will be coupled with those of Skype. Microsoft closed its acquisition of the voice-over-IP software firm on October 14.

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