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Microsoft Gets Huge Windows 7 Lift

Last April, the economy was crashing worse than a Lindsay Lohan SUV, and critics were predicting the fall of the Redmond empire. I wrote a long essay, "The Strength to Endure," arguing that Microsoft would be just fine.

Microsoft's latest earnings report backs my case, as rampant Windows 7 sales have Microsoft bean counters working overtime. Not only did Microsoft pull in nearly $19 billion (with an impressive net income of nearly $7 billion), but sales rose 60 percent compared to a year ago.

In fact, this is Microsoft's best quarter ever! Driving this success is some 60 million Windows 7 licenses. Xbox Live is no slouch, either, with 23 million current members (I have a pretty rabid one in the house).

How will Microsoft do in the coming decade? Let us know by writing dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on February 01, 2010 at 11:53 AM


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