The company has just announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2012
The Redmond-based technology titan Microsoft has recorded total revenues of $21.46 billion (€16 billion) for the fourth quarter of the 2012 calendar year and the second quarter of the 2013 fiscal year.The company reported a net profit of $6.38 billion (€4.7 billion), a slight decrease over the $6.62 billion (€4.95 billion) profit recorded one year ago, while the Windows Division posted revenues of $5.88 billion (€4.4 billion), which represents a 24 percent increase from the prior year period.
The Microsoft Business Division’s revenue dropped 11 percent to $869 million (€650 million), while the Entertainment and Devices Division also recorded a slight decrease to $3.77 billion (€2.82 billion).
There’s no need to worry, Microsoft said, and all executives remain very optimistic, emphasizing that most divisions, and the Windows unit in particular, performed very well in the last few months. Of course, the company hasn’t missed the occasion to say once again that Windows 8 is selling as expected, with more than 60 million copies sold to date.
“Our big, bold ambition to reimagine Windows as well as launch Surface and Windows Phone 8 has sparked growing enthusiasm with our customers and unprecedented opportunity and creativity with our partners and developers,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft.
“With new Windows devices, including Surface Pro, and the new Office on the horizon, we’ll continue to drive excitement for the Windows ecosystem and deliver our software through devices and services people love and businesses need.”
Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft, says the enterprise business is going very well, so better figures are expected to be posted for the next quarter.
“We see strong momentum in our enterprise business. With the launch of SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012, we continue to see healthy growth in our data platform and infrastructure businesses and win share from our competitors,” he explained.