Microsoft reports $21.46 billion in revenue in Q4 2012 with $6.38 billion as net profit

There must be confident smiles around Redmond as Microsoft announced its financial results for the fourth quarter 2012 calendar year, reporting US $21.46 billion in revenue.

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On the heels of this announcement, Microsoft also posted a net profit of $6.38 billion for the quarter which is a slight decrease from the $6.62 billion figure they posted for the same quarter a year ago.

In a nutshell, here are a few figures for the different divisions at Microsoft:

  • The Windows Division posted revenue of $5.88 billion, a 24% increase from the prior year period.
  • The Server & Tools business reported $5.19 billion of revenue, a 9% increase from the prior year period, driven by double-digit percentage revenue growth in SQL Server and System Center.
  • The Microsoft Business Division posted $5.69 billion of revenue, a 10% decrease from the prior year period.
  • The Online Services Division reported revenue of $869 million, an 11% increase from the prior year period. Online advertising revenue grew 15% driven by an increase in revenue per search.
  • The Entertainment and Devices Division posted revenue of $3.77 billion, a decrease of 11% from the prior year period

“Our big, bold ambition to reimagine Windows as well as launch Surface and Windows Phone 8 has sparked growing enthusiasm with our customers and unprecedented opportunity and creativity with our partners and developers, With new Windows devices, including Surface Pro, and the new Office on the horizon, we’ll continue to drive excitement for the Windows ecosystem and deliver our software through devices and services people love and businesses need.” – Steve Ballmer, CEO – Microsoft.

Microsoft plans to hold a conference call with analysts later today that should offer more information on the company’s current financial state. For a complete analysis of Microsoft’s earning release and revenue reports, head over here.

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