In the quarter where Microsoft released Windows 8, it has posted a total revenue of $21.46 billion for the period ending December 31, 2012, up 2.73% from $20.89 billion in the same quarter last year.
Microsoft reported an operating income of $7.77 billion for the quarter, a 2.75% decline from $7.99 billion in Q2-FY12 and a net income of $6.38 billion for the quarter, a 3.6% decline from $6.62 billion in Q2-FY12. Microsoft however noted that these revenues include the net revenue deferral for its Windows Upgrade Offer, Office Upgrade Offer and Pre-sales, and the Entertainment and Devices Division Video Game Deferral, partially offset by the recognizing previously deferred revenue for Windows 8 pre-sales.
The diluted earnings per share stood at 0.76, a 3% decline from 0.78 in Q2-FY12.
Microsoft’s Windows Division has reported revenues of $5.88 billion, registering a significant 24% growth year-on-year (YoY) from $4.74 billion in Q2-FY12. However, following the adjustment for the net deferral of revenue for the Windows Upgrade Offer and the recognition of the previously deferred revenue from Windows 8 Pre-sales, the growth dips to 11% YoY. The division posted an operating profit of $3.29 billion for the quarter, up from $2.88 billion profit in Q2-FY12.
Microsoft says it has sold 60 million Windows 8 licenses to date. Microsoft CFO Peter Klein also added that they have registered double-digit growth in multi-year licensing revenue across Windows, Server & Tools, and the Microsoft Business Division, although he didn’t disclose any exact numbers regarding this.
Online Services Division
Microsoft’s online services division reported revenues of $869 million for the quarter, registering a 11% growth from $784 million revenue in Q2-FY12. The division reported an operating loss of $283 million for the quarter, a significant improvement from $459 million loss in Q2-FY12. Microsoft mentioned that its online advertising revenue increased by 15% due to an increase in revenue per search, although there was no specific numbers disclosed regarding this.
Entertainment and Devices Division
The entertainment and devices division reported revenues of $3.77 billion for the quarter, a 11% decline from $4.24 billion revenue in Q2-FY12. The division reported an operating profit of $596 million for the quarter, marginally up from $517 million profit registered in Q2-FY12. During the quarter, Microsoft released Windows Phone 8 with a range of partner devices and carriers. Microsoft also says that Xbox remained the top-selling console in the US during the year.
Earlier this week, Microsoft also announced pricing and market availability for its Surface Windows 8 Pro tablet. The tablet is expected to be available for purchase, at a starting price of $899, from all Microsoft retail stores and online store, Staples and Best Buy in the United States and several locations in Canada from February 9, 2013. The company also also extended the Windows RT-based Surface tablet to 13 additional markets worldwide, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
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