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Windows sales shoot up 28% year over year

updated 04:40 pm EDT, Thu April 22, 2010

Microsoft posts record winter quarter

Microsoft this afternoon reported its best-ever winter quarter owing in large part to Windows 7. Revenue from its core OS jumped 28 percent year-over-year and helped Microsoft get an all-time high $14.5 billion of revenue. It also touted much improved growth in revenue from Bing search ads, Xbox Live and web-based services.

The growth was a mild six percent year-over-year but would have been eight percent if not for having to set aside $305 million for an Office 2010 upgrade program, which promises a free copy of the productivity suite for those who buy Office 2007 in advance. The 2010 edition ships May 12th and should see the deferred revenue counted in July.

Net profit was also high at $4.01 billion, or 35 percent better than winter a year earlier.

Microsoft claimed the surge as a milestone as it should mean that over 10 percent of all PCs are already running the new OS. The shift would make Windows 7 the quickest-selling OS ever and would go a significant way towards erasing a bad history with Vista, which many companies and individuals had actively avoided over real or perceived incompatibility and performance problems.

In terms of the pure percentage of existing users, Mac OS X Snow Leopard currently has a larger share as its low price and the relatively quick-upgrading Mac user base have seen it replace Leopard and older platforms at a faster rate.

The company was nonetheless quiet on the handheld side of its business, most notably the phone OS and Zune divisions. The Zune HD isn't known to have significantly reversed course, and phone efforts are in a reboot mode as the company shifts attention from Windows Mobile to Windows Phone 7 and readies the launch of the Kin One and Two at Verizon next month.

Online services have also seen mixed results. While revenue was on the rise, cloud features at Microsoft actually lost more money and bled $713 million versus $411 million a year earlier.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hear that guys?

    "Best-ever winter quarter!" WOO HOO!

    I didn't realize sooo many Apple users were buying Windows to make their Macs useful.

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Woo Hoo

    Every PC bought from every other common cheap POS vendors all bought Windows 7 for me automatically. Woo Hoo for Microsoft Monopoly!!!

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  1. ilovestevejobs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Well this is funny

    "Mac OS X Snow Leopard currently has a larger share as its low price and the relatively quick-upgrading Mac user base"

    I can't believe Apple charges Mac users for SP1 releases whilst us happy window users just download it for nothing!! :). My pocket thanks you

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Nice jump in the MSFT stock price after hours..

  1. tsmelker

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Microsoft HAD to offer it for nothing...

    why would the poor WinBlows users want to pay for an update to make their PoC's even MORE crappy than they already were, thanks to Vista?

  1. Kym

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Still reliant entirely on the old dinosaurs, Windows and Office.

    None of Microsoft's attempts to grasp a foothold in the new world being blitzed by Google and Apple are making money - and many are bleeding with huge losses.

    Extremely flat stock performance for a decade, and compared to more vibrant competitors, dead as a dodo. I'm looking for an upside, but can't see it. MS desperately needs new blood.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Must be...

    Must be due to the Microsheeps.

  1. ilovestevejobs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple HAD to offer it for something...

    Because steve blowjobs knows the sheep will buy anything. Even a software upgrade for a buggy OS X :)

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    that's so funny! your pocket thanks us! steve blowjobs! stop it! you're killing me!
    yours is a unique wit. not very close to reality but unique none the less. we love comics here! keep 'em coming!

    and then buggy software! lord help me! truly, one zinger after another! man! you're on a roll!
    just so snappy! my my, you must be killin' at parties!

    my only concern is that, ya know, i don't want to mock anyone with any kind of illness or handicap, and, since you are a "happy" windows user, then i'm certain i am. so i apologize for making fun of your limited capacity. we all can't be razor sharp. i'm sure "steve blowjobs" will serve you well for years to come. keep repeating it, it really is witty. honest. no, honest.

  1. ilovestevejobs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    love your work :)

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