Microsoft: Over 525 million Windows 7 and 200 million Office 2010 licenses sold
Microsoft has released its earning for the second quater of 2012 fiscal year. The software giant saw record revenue despite slow sale on the PC market. On top of that, Microsoft mentions that the company has sold over 525 million Windows 7 licenses since launch.
In a press release, Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, referred to the second quater earning as “solid financial results, even as we prepare for a launch year that will accelerate many of our key products and services,” He then continues stating that “Coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show, we’re seeing very positive reviews for our new phones and PCs, and a strong response to our new Metro style design that will unify consumer experiences across our phones, PCs, tablets, and television in 2012.”
The Windows and Windows Live Division saw declined revenue of 6% comparatively to a year ago; most of the division of Microsoft posted increased revenue from year-to-year period. Microsoft even stated that the company has sold over 525 million Windows 7 licenses since launching in late 2009.
The Microsoft Business Division posted $6.28 billion of revenue. This represent a 3% increased compare to last year. This is not particular surprising since Office 2010, the latest productivity suite of Microsoft, has been its fastest selling Office. According to Microsoft, nearly 200 million of Office 2010 has been sold. “We saw strong demand for our business products and services, despite the soft PC market and continuing economic uncertainty in key parts of the world,” said Peter Klein, chief financial officer at Microsoft. “We delivered record earnings per share by continuing to manage our costs while investing for future growth.”
While by most account Microsoft have had a slow 2011 year in terms of releasing any major products, its line of existing products were good to enough to help the software maker with record revenue of $20.89 billion for its second Quarter, representing a 5% increase comparatively to last year. Despite the Windows and Windows Live Division showing declined revenue, last year was overall a good year for the software giant in term of revenue and the continued momentum of its current line of products. 2012 will definitely be an exciting year for the software giant with the expected of its next operation system which will work equally on traditional desktops and portable devices to address the tablet market.Further reading: Microsoft, Office, Windows