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Microsoft Reports Third-Quarter Results

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Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $13.65 billion for the third quarter ended March 31, 2009, a 6% decline from the same period of the prior year. Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $4.44 billion, $2.98 billion and $0.33 per share, which represented an increase of 3% and declines of 32% and 30%, respectively, when compared with the prior year period.
The financial results for the third quarter ended March 31, 2009, included $290 million of severance charges related to the previously announced plan to reduce up to 5,000 positions and $420 million of impairments to investments. Combined, these two charges reduced earnings per share by $0.06.


Revenue in Client, Microsoft Business Division, and Server & Tools was negatively impacted by weakness in the global PC and Server markets. Revenue from enterprise customers remained stable during the quarter.

“With our continued R&D investment and our broad suite of products and services, we remain in a great position to compete and gain share in the marketplace,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft. During the quarter, Microsoft released the beta version of the Windows 7 operating system, which remains on track for a fiscal year 2010 launch. Development milestones were achieved on other products including Microsoft Office 2010, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Mobile.

“While market conditions remained weak during the quarter, I was pleased with the organization’s ability to offset revenue pressures with the swift implementation of cost-savings initiatives,” said Chris Liddell, chief financial officer at Microsoft. “We expect the weakness to continue through at least the next quarter.”

Business Outlook
Microsoft offers updated operating expense guidance of $26.7 billion to $26.9 billion, including severance charges, for the full year ending June 30, 2009.

Management will discuss third quarter results and the company’s business outlook on a conference call and webcast at 2:30 p.m. PDT (5:30 p.m. EDT) today.

Source: Microsoft
 
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I can here an ABBA song coming on ...

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Im not too sure about things staying the same for the next quarter.
Sure things started going south in October and wernt so great prior, but i feel that March was a turning point. Maybe it was the release of the Windows 7 beta, maybe not.

Windows 7, priced right, should not have a problem replacing all current Windows running operating system(s). Successfull reviews of the beta version, RC1 release, and strategic timing of release should help build-up stock value and draw more investment interest.

Honostly, i think ive struck gold @ $15.28 on the 6th. Guess i should shhhh, because i once thought AMD was gold @ $5.72 and watching it fall to $1.62 was like a nightmare on Elm street. $3.53 on close today leaves me wondering how much longer i must endure this after knowing how great their products are and how vast their range is, ohhh, and how many units sold (Nintendo).
 
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Windows 7 is awesome but I worry that it might not have enough compelling features for the average user to really interest them. With the way the economy is (especially here in the US) I think it might be a hard sell. Most people are comfortable with XP or Vista, at least from my perspective.