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Wallow in Microsoft's Q4 Glory: The Show-Me-the-Money Slides

As it turned out, Microsoft (MSFT) blew past even the sunniest Wall Street expectations in its fourth-quarter earnings.

Spurred by a robust PC upgrade cycle, 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.

(Even losses from the Online Services Division were lower than the previous quarter, dropping from $731 million to $696 million–although this quarter’s losses were more than the same quarter a year ago, which were $585 million.)

BoomTown was on a plane jetting to Aspen for the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference, so I missed liveblogging the management call this afternoon (sorry, Frank!). Here are the software giant’s slides of the financial results to peruse at your leisure:

Microsoft Q4-FY10 Slides

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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