Microsoft has posted their fourth quarter and year-end fiscal results, both of which broke records for revenue. Microsoft brought in $62.48 billion in yearly revenue, a 7% increase from the previous year, along with record fourth quarter revenue of $16.04 billion, a 22% increase year-on-year.
The earning report noted that Office 2010 launched in the quarter and that Windows 7 sales continue to be strong, with 175 million licenses sold to date. According to the press release, “Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the year were $24.10 billion, $18.76 billion and $2.10, which represented increases of 18%, 29% and 30%, respectively, when compared with the prior year.”
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Also interesting are Microsoft’s forward-looking statements, which point to how it looks at possible business challenges in the future. Here’s that interesting (and kind of long) list:
- challenges to Microsoft’s business model;
- intense competition in all of Microsoft’s markets;
- Microsoft’s continued ability to protect its intellectual property rights;
- claims that Microsoft has infringed the intellectual property rights of others;
- the possibility of unauthorized disclosure of significant portions of Microsoft’s source code;
- actual or perceived security vulnerabilities in Microsoft products that could reduce revenue or lead to liability;
- improper disclosure of personal data could result in liability and harm to Microsoft’s reputation;
- outages and disruptions of services provided to customers directly or through third parties if Microsoft fails to maintain an adequate operations infrastructure;
- government litigation and regulation affecting how Microsoft designs and markets its products;
- Microsoft’s ability to attract and retain talented employees;
- delays in product development and related product release schedules;
- significant business investments that may not gain customer acceptance and produce offsetting increases in revenue;
- unfavorable changes in general economic conditions, disruption of our partner networks or sales channels, or the availability of credit that affect demand for Microsoft’s products and services or the value of our investment portfolio;
- adverse results in legal disputes;
- unanticipated tax liabilities;
- quality or supply problems in Microsoft’s consumer hardware or other vertically integrated hardware and software products;
- impairment of goodwill or amortizable intangible assets causing a charge to earnings;
- exposure to increased economic and regulatory uncertainties from operating a global business;
- geopolitical conditions, natural disaster, cyberattack or other catastrophic events disrupting Microsoft’s business; and
- acquisitions and joint ventures that adversely affect the business.