Microsoft has best Q4 in company history as revenue passes $16 billion

Microsoft has best Q4 in company history as revenue passes $16 billion

If you thought Apple’s last quarter earnings of $15.7bn were obscenely high, then you’ll find Microsoft’s latest tally positively indecent, with the company announcing record-breaking fourth-quarter revenue of an eye watering $16.04 billion.

Windows 7 sells at seven copies per second

Since being released to consumers on October 22, 2009, Windows 7 has proved a monster hit, selling nearly 20 million copies per month to hit a total of over 175 million copies to date.

Driven on by soaring sales of Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft saw a 22% jump in revenue from last year’s $13.10 billion, with income rising from $3.99 billion to a near unfathomable $5.93 billion – an astonishing 49% increase.

Microsoft calculates its financial calendar from July 1 to June 30, and registered a total of $62.48 billion in its 2009-2010 fiscal year, marking a 7% rise from last year: another record increase.

Here’s a snippet from their exceedingly chuffed earnings release:

Microsoft Corp. today announced record fourth-quarter revenue of $16.04 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, a 22% increase from the same period of the prior year. Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $5.93 billion, $4.52 billion and $0.51 per share, which represented increases of 49%, 48% and 50%, respectively, when compared with the prior year period.

“We saw strong sales execution across all of our businesses, particularly in the enterprise with Windows 7 and Office 2010,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer. “Our transition to cloud services is well underway with offerings like Windows Azure and our Business Productivity Online Services, and we look forward to continuing our product momentum this fall with the upcoming launches of Windows Phone 7 and Xbox Kinect.”


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