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Windows 7 Drives Microsoft In Fiscal Q2

Redmond, Wash. –
Microsoft reported major gains in revenue and net income in its fiscal second
quarter, due in large part to sales of its Windows 7 operating system.

In its fiscal
second quarter, ended Dec. 31, Microsoft’s revenue was $19.02 billion, up 14
percent for the same time last year.  Net
income was $6.66 billion, a 60 percent gain over the prior-year period.

These financial
results include the recognition of $1.71 billion of deferred revenue relating
to the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program and presales of Windows 7 to OEMs and
retailers before general availability.

demand for Windows 7 led to the positive top-line growth for the company,” said
Peter Klein, chief financial officer at Microsoft. “Our continuing commitment
to managing costs allowed us to drive earnings performance ahead of the revenue

Windows 7 and
Windows Server 2008 R2 launched globally on Oct. 22, 2009, and through the
second quarter, Microsoft reported it has sold more than 60 million Windows 7
licenses making it the fastest selling operating system in history.

“This is a record
quarter for Windows units,” said Kevin Turner, COO at Microsoft. “We are
thrilled by the consumer reception to Windows 7 and by business enthusiasm to
adopt Windows 7.”