Microsoft Posts Records on Over 60M Win 7 Sold

Microsoft this week announced its second-quarter results, which must have the company fairly happy as it hit record revenue at $19.02 billion for the second quarter ended Dec. 31, 2009, a 14 percent increase from the same period of the prior year.

Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $8.51 billion, $6.66 billion and $0.74 per share, which represented increases of 43 percent, 60 percent and 57 percent, respectively, when compared with the prior year period.

"Exceptional demand for Windows 7 led to the positive top-line growth for the company," said Peter Klein, chief financial officer at Microsoft. "Our continuing commitment to managing costs allowed us to drive earnings performance ahead of the revenue growth."

Through the second quarter, Microsoft said it sold over 60 million Windows 7 licenses, giving it the claim of being the fastest selling operating system in history.

"This is a record quarter for Windows units," said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft. "We are thrilled by the consumer reception to Windows 7 and by business enthusiasm to adopt Windows 7."

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