Microsoft just released better than expected Q1 earnings, posting first-quarter revenue of $16.2 billion, an 25% increase from the same period of the prior year. Analysts expected revenue to come in at $15.8 billion. Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $7.12 billion, $5.41 billion and $0.62 per share, which represented increases of 59%, 51% and 55%, respectively, when compared with the prior year period. Analysts were expecting diluted earnings per share of $0.55.
Microsoft said that the company saw year-over-year growth across all business segments. Revenue from Office 2010 grew over 15% in its first full quarter in market. The entertainment division saw strong growth as Xbox 360 console sales increased by 38%. The biggest growth came from Windows, with revenue up 66% to $4.8 billion. Windows operating profits up 124% to $3.2 billion (from $1.5 billion last year) and Windows Azure subscriptions grew by 40%.
Revenue from online business, which includes Bing, didn’t see quite as big of an uptick. Sales were up 8%, with online advertising up 13% for the quarter. Unfortunately, Microsoft reported that online business still lost $560 million in operating income.
Peter Klein, chief financial officer at Microsoft said in a statement: “This was an exceptional quarter, combining solid enterprise growth and continued strong consumer demand for Office 2010, Windows 7, and Xbox 360 consoles and games…Our ability to grow revenue while continuing to control costs allowed us to deliver another quarter of year-over-year margin expansion.”
We’ve embedded the slides and a table with segment revenues and operating profits below.
|Segment Revenue and Operating Income (Loss)|
|Three Months Ended
|Windows & Windows Live Division||$4,785||$2,880|
|Server and Tools||3,959||3,550|
|Online Services Division||527||487|
|Microsoft Business Division||5,126||4,514|
|Entertainment and Devices Division||1,795||1,412|
|Unallocated and other||3||77|
|Operating income (loss)|
|Windows & Windows Live Division||$3,323||$1,483|
|Server and Tools||1,630||1,237|
|Online Services Division||(560)||(477)|
|Microsoft Business Division||3,388||2,827|
|Entertainment and Devices Division||382||260|
Microsoft, founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, is a veteran software company, best known for its Microsoft Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software. Starting in 1980 Microsoft formed a partnership with IBM allowing Microsoft to sell its software package with the computers IBM manufactured. Microsoft is widely used by professionals worldwide and largely dominates the American corporate market. Additionally, the company has ventured into hardware with consumer products such as the Zune and...