Microsoft’s Record Revenue
Microsoft has hit a revenue record with $10.82 billion in the fourth quarter which is 7% more than the fourth quarter of 2003.
“Our record revenue came from across-the-board strength in both our business and consumer segments,” said Microsoft CFO John Connors. “And our long-term approach to growing new businesses is paying off. Home and Entertainment delivered its first profitable quarter and all three of the company’s emerging businesses combined generated a nearly $700 million improvement in operating results compared to the second quarter of last fiscal year.”
The Server and Tools business grew 18% versus the prior year’s comparable quarter. Customer adoption of SQL Server remains particularly robust with over 25% year over year revenue growth. During the quarter, Exchange 2003 marked its one-year product launch anniversary and has had the fastest adoption of Exchange licenses ever. Customers who acquired Microsoft server products during the quarter included Eastman Chemical Company, Hewlett-Packard Company, Morgan Stanley and Premera Blue Cross.
The Home and Entertainment segment delivered record revenue during the quarter and achieved positive operating income. “Our Xbox business fired on all cylinders and provided a strong ending to what was a great year for the platform and our partners,” said Robbie Bach, senior vice president of the Home and Entertainment group. “Not only did we achieve record software sales with our strongest games lineup to date, but we also sold more consoles than our competitors during the critical holiday sales season in the United States, and increased Xbox Live membership to over 1.4 million members.” During the quarter, 6.3 million units of “Halo 2” were sold, resulting in a game attach rate of over 30% to the Xbox installed base of almost 20 million consoles.
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