[kwlug-disc] MS making a bit o' cash

shane.msg at gmail.com shane.msg at gmail.com
Fri Jan 29 17:53:11 EST 2010

Exactly.  Most of MA's income is from fees charged to license product or fees to get one of their designations, e.g. MCSE.  
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kwlug-disc-bounces at kwlug.org wrote on 01/29/2010 04:16:28 PM:
> They posted a 60% increase in profit last quarter. 
> http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/29/technology/companies/29soft.html?
> ref=technology
> Also, last quarter, linux made $0 :).  Doesn't look like linux on the 
> desktop is making an impact at all.  But has it stopped MS in the server 

> market?

The detailed analysis of revenue (year over year) is 

The highlights are:

Net Income from 
    Windows $10.1B (down 17%)
    Server and Tools $5.3B (up 17%)
    Online Services $(2.2B) (down 84%)
    Business (office, sharepoint, etc) $12.1B (down 2%)
    Entertainment (XBox, Zune) $169MM (down 66%)

>From this you can see that Windows and Office are the big breadwinners for 
Microsoft, reaping 87% of their operating income. Server and Tools is 
profitable and growing steadily but the rest of the business lines are 

John Van Ostrand
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