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Microsoft revenue drops 6% in winter

updated 05:05 pm EDT, Thu April 23, 2009

Microsoft Q3 2009 Results

Microsoft today provided a sharp contrast to Apple's performance and reported a rare drop in its revenue for its March quarter. Compared to the same period in 2008, Microsoft's revenue sank 6 percent to $13.65 billion. The news was also compounded by troubles with income, as it gained 3 percent in operating income but plunged 32 percent in net income to $2.98 billion.

The firm mostly attributes the drop to the poor world economy but notes that it took a $710 million blow from a combination of severance pay from its 5,000 job cuts announced in January as well as damage to its investments.

In contrast to its previous quarter, however, Microsoft declines to provide specific impacts by division and says only that its client, business and server divisions were "negatively impacted" by poor PC and server sales. The client division handles both Windows and Office and by itself saw an 8 percent decline in the previous quarter, suggesting that it may have contributed the most to the shortfall; enterprise sales, where business and server sales are more likely, were "stable" according to Microsoft claims.

Company chief operating office Kevin Turner argues that the company's research and development will help Microsoft remain in a "great position to compete" and points to important releases in the second half of the year that should carry the developer, including Windows 7, Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

The fiscal result arrives just as Apple's own revenue climbed 8.7 percent year-over-year to $8.16 billion on the back of on-target Mac sales and higher than expected iPhone sales; late in the last quarter, Microsoft began running a series of ads hoping to discourage users considering switching to Macs from Windows PCs.

By Electronista Staff


  1. afarrand

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    Microsoft's sales decline

    I am really sad about Microsoft's sales decline. Ya right? Put out a lousy product, and people won't buy it. Put out a superior product, and people will buy it. It is that simple! Attacking Apple is clearly a company going in the wrong direction. It clearly shows Microsoft's envy of Apple and its products.

  1. luckyday

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    Joined: Apr 2008



    The fact that you took the time to write that makes me dream of a better world.

  1. rytc

    Senior User

    Joined: Jan 2001



    The fact that Microsoft is spending so much money to deflect attention from the Mac is actually pretty astonishing - it really suggests they see it as a threat, which is not something they would publicly admit or even have said a couple of years ago.

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