Microsoft Announces 1Q Fiscal Year Results
Earlier today, Microsoft announced its revenue for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The figure of US$16.01 billion was slightly less than the US$16.42 billion estimated by analysts. Operating income and net income were US$5.31 billion and US$4.47 billion respectively. However, these numbers reflect the deferral of US$1.36 billion of revenue and US$0.13 of diluted earnings per share, due to the Windows Upgrade Offer, pre-sales of Windows 8 to OEMs, and the Office Offer.
In the press release, CFO Peter Klein admitted that despite the continued growth of enterprise revenue, operating income declined as a result of a slowdown in PC sales ahead of the Windows 8 launch.
Here a summary of how each division performed:
- Server & Tools Business: Revenue of US$4.55 billion, an 8% increase from the prior year period.
- Microsoft Business Division: Revenue of US$5.50 billion, a 2% decrease from the prior year period.
- Windows & Windows Live Division: Revenue of US$3.24 billion, a 33% decrease from the prior year period.
- Online Services Division: Revenue of U$697 million, a 9% increase from the prior year period.
- Entertainment & Devices Division: Revenue of US$1.95 billion, a 1% decrease from the prior year period.
Some other interesting figures are also mentioned in the press release and the slideshow for the quarterly earnings report. For example, COO Kevin Turner revealed that the company has already certified more than 1,000 systems for Windows 8 from its hardware partners. Also, Windows 8 pre-sales revenue was 40% higher than those of Windows 7 in comparative launch quarter. In addition, Skype usage went up 58% compared to the same period last year, with 120 billion minutes of calls in the last quarter. The service now has 280 million users.