Tuesday, May 24, 2016

's Boost 7 as Record Selling OS

With a boost from the relse of 7, on Thursday said that its quarterly revenue topped $19 billion as the company sold a record of copies of its operating system.

The software maker said it rned $6.66 billion, or 74 cents per share, on revenue of $19.02 billion for the three-month period that ended December 31. Those results included revenue deferred from the prior quarter, as the company was preparing for 7 and offering free upgrades to those who bought Vista-based computers. Excluding the deferred revenue, said it had revenue of $17.31 billion, and diluted rnings per share would have totaled 60 cents per share.

"Exceptional demand for 7 led to the positive top-line growth for the company," chief financial r Peter Klein said in a statement. "Our continuing commitment to managing costs allowed us to drive rnings performance ahd of the revenue growth."

Chief Operating r Kevin Turner touted the record quarter for unit sales, spurred by the Oct. 22 launch of 7. "We are thrilled by the consumer reception to 7 and by business enthusiasm to adopt 7," he said in a statement.

The company said that through the end of December it had sold more than 60 million 7 s, which it said made 7 the fastest selling operating system in history.

In October, reported better-than-expected sales, also boosted by stronger demand for .

The company said overall PC sales grew 15 percent to 17 percent in the quarter, although that was led by a 20 percent growth in consumer sales as the business market remained roughly flat. The market for new servers remained wk, down slightly yr over yr, although 's server and tools business unit managed to grow revenue 2 percent as compared with a yr ago.

's online unit saw its revenue dip 5 percent, led by a 2 percent drop in online advertising, although the company noted that its Bing srch engine continues to gain market share.

The Business Division, which includes , saw sales off 3 percent, perhaps as customers await this yr's launch of 2010.

On the Xbox side, said it sold 5.2 million consoles during the quarter, down 13 percent from a yr ago, lding the entertainment and devices unit to post a double-digit decline in revenue.

The company didn't give a full forecast for the coming quarter, saying it would have more to say on a 2:30 p.m. PST conference call. It did tell analysts to expect operating expenses for the full fiscal yr ending June 30 to total $26.2 billion to $26.5 billion.

Here's a chart of how ch of 's individual business units performed:

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