Microsoft reported $20.89 billion earnings for its fourth quarter of the calendar year of 2011, which was a 5 percent increase from the same period a year ago.
For Q2, ended December 31, Microsoft revenue was $20.89 billion, up 5 percent year over year. Operating income: $7.99 billion, a 2 percent decrease. Net income was $6.62 billion, or 78 cents a share. Both were flat year over year.
Average analyst consensus was $20.93 billion revenue and 76 cents earnings per share, for the quarter. Revenue estimates ranged from $20.20 billion to $21.35 billion, with estimated year-over-year growth of 4.9 percent -- modest for a holiday quarter.
"We delivered solid financial results, even as we prepare for a launch year that will accelerate many of our key products and services", Ballmer contends. "Coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show, we're seeing very positive reviews for our new phones and PCs, and a strong response to our new Metro style design that will unify consumer experiences across our phones, PCs, tablets and television in 2012".
Here is a quick breakdown of the numbers:
Q2 2012 Revenue by Division
- Windows & Windows Live: $4.74 billion, down 6 percent from $5.06 billion a year earlier.
- Server & Tools: $4.77 billion, up 11 percent from $4.29 billion a year earlier.
- Business: $6.28 billion, up 3 percent from $6.11 billion a year earlier.
- Online Services Business: $784 million, up 10 percent from $713 million a year earlier.
- Entertainment & Devices: $4.24 billion, up 15 percent from $3.7 billion a year earlier.
Q2 2012 Income by Division
- Windows & Windows Live: $2.85 billion, down 11 percent from $3.21 billion a year earlier.
- Server & Tools: $1.97 billion, up 17 percent from $1.7 billion a year earlier.
- Business: $4.15 billion, up 2 percent from $4.09 billion a year earlier.
- Online Services Business: Loss of $458 million, up 18 percent from $559 million loss a year earlier.
- Entertainment & Devices: $528 million, down 21 percent from $666 million a year earlier.
Microsoft said it has "sold 525 million copies of its Windows 7 operating system."
Microsoft now reports on Skype, which has 200 million active users globally.
Also, revealed that the company has sold 200 million licenses for Microsoft Office 2010 software since its launch.