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Microsoft Muscles Past Expectations

Wall Street had high hopes for Microsoft’s latest financials, and the company did not disappoint. Fueled by a strong PC upgrade cycle, it turned in a record fourth quarter with sharp gains in both profit and sales.

Net income rose to $4.5 billion, or 51 cents a share, from $3 billion, and revenue to $16.04 billion from $13.1 billion. Analysts had been expecting earnings of 46 cents a share on $15.2 billion in revenue.

“We saw strong sales execution across all of our businesses,” Microsoft (MSFT) COO Kevin Turner said in a statement.

And indeed it did. Windows revenue rose to $4.5 billion from $3.2 billion in the same period last year. Profit for the company’s Windows division rose to $3 billion from $1.9 billion.

At Microsoft’s Business division, which includes its Office suite of software, revenue rose to $5.3 billion from $4.6 billion, and profits to $3.3 billion from $2.7 billion.

And the company’s Online Services division saw its revenue rise to $565 million from $501 million, though its loss grew as well–from $585 million to $696 million.

Below, the earnings release:

Microsoft Q4

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik