We have reached that time of the year when every major company must make public its quarterly earnings. So, it is now time for Microsoft to do just that. The software giant posted $20.89 billion in fiscal Q2 revenue (calendar Q4) and surprisingly surpassed the fortune foretold by analysts.
Puzzling enough, all lines of Microsoft business experienced some sort of growth when compared to last year, except good old Windows, which apparently declined. Here are the full figures:
- Microsoft Business Division (OfficE): $6. 28 billion in second quarter revenue, 3% growth
- The Server & Tools business: $4.77billion in second quarter revenue, 11% growth
- The Windows and Windows Live Division: $4.74 billion, 6% growth
- The Online Services Division (plus Bing/ads): $784 million, 10% growth
- The Entertainment & Devices Division (Xbox, mobile): $4.24 billion, 15% growth
By looking at the numbers it seems that the enterprise businesses is keeping Microsoft’s head above water and is providing the most profit. CFO Peter Klein said: “The overall business environment remains very strong for us and so all of our macro indicators for business spending in IT remain good, unearned revenue, our renewal for enterprise licensing agreements and enterprise deployment to Windows 7.”
The point that should be highlighted here is that even though Microsoft has some jazzy products – like Windows 8 or Kinect – who might appeal to the masses, its fundamental juices are still drown from products who attract big corporations.