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Microsoft shares rise on record revenues and earnings

Microsoft has announced quarter records (opens in new tab) for its revenue and operating income as the company's shares (opens in new tab) closed yesterday on a 4.13 percent rise - to $33.25 - and are set to rise even further today, to bring them closer to their 52 week high of $37.50.

For the quarter that ended December 31, 2007, Microsoft's revenues were up 30 percent to $16.4 billion - that equates to $66 billion spanned over a year, with operating income up 87 percent to $6.5 billion.

Since Windows Vista became generally available one year ago, Microsoft's Client business has grown over 20% on average and sales of Windows Vista have surpassed 100 million licenses.

Shareholders (opens in new tab) will be particularly pleased with the Earnings per share rising 92 percent to $0.50 per share.

Microsoft's five business divisions have seen impressive growth with the biggest of them, Windows Client - which includes Desktop Operating Systems - posting a healthy 68 percent growth with $4.3 billion sales.

The press release also mentions that Microsoft is betting on the BRIC (Brazil, China, India and Russia) countries to help Microsoft maintain its healthy growth.

Because of the slowing down of the global economy and fears that the current market crunch would put a squeeze on budgets, Microsoft has posted a lower forecast for its revenues and operating income.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.