View Full Version : Microsoft income drops for third straight quarter

01-22-2009, 03:27 PM
Microsoft reported quarterly earnings this morning and they were dismal. Even worse than I thought they would be.

Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $5.94 billion, $4.17 billion and $0.47, declines of 8%, 11% and 6%, respectively, despite that during the quarter, Microsoft showcased significant new product by debuting Windows 7, Windows Azure, Office Web applications, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Office Communications Server 2007 R2.

Microsoft also states the future is uncertain. Chris Liddell, chief financial officer at Microsoft: "We are planning for economic uncertainty to continue through the remainder of the fiscal year, almost certainly leading to lower revenue and earnings for the second half relative to the previous year.

Microsoft also stated it is no longer able to offer quantitative revenue and EPS guidance for the balance of this fiscal year.

01-23-2009, 04:01 AM
Seems life getting harder without Bill Gates.

01-23-2009, 06:39 PM
I don't think it's the lack of Bill Gates as much of the lack of a free ride. It was different when computers cost five times what they cost today, then the cost of the operative system could be hidden in the margins (that cost was lower, too). It can't be, with today's hardware prices.

01-23-2009, 09:58 PM
That trickles down to all software. I wouldn't pay $500 for software for a $500 computer.