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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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work