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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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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus