Vista the new Win ME?


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DP

Hardly!


Microsoft 3rd quarter profit rises, helped by Vista sales
9:09 p.m. 04/26/2007 Provided By AP Worldstream


SEATTLE, Apr 27, 2007 (AP Worldstream via COMTEX) -- Microsoft Corp.'s
fiscal third-quarter profit jumped 65 percent, buoyed by sales of its new
versions of Windows and Office and by upgrade coupons for the operating
system issued over the holidays.

Earnings for the quarter ended March 31 rose to $4.93 billion (EUR 3.63
billion), or 50 cents per share, from $2.98 billion, or 29 cents per share
in same period last year, the company said Thursday.

Results included legal charges amounting to 1 cent per share, but tax
benefits boosted profit by 2 cents per share.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial forecast a profit of 46 cents per
share.

Revenue for the quarter rose 32 percent to $14.4 billion (EUR 10.59
billion). Wall Street was looking for $13.89 billion (EUR 10.22 billion) in
sales.

Microsoft started selling its newest operating system, Windows Vista, to
consumers at the end of January. Its "client" division, responsible for
Windows, brought in $5.27 billion (EUR 3.88 billion) in sales, 67 percent
higher than a year ago.

Microsoft said it deferred $1.2 billion (EUR 880 million) in Windows Vista
revenue to the third quarter, to account for upgrade coupons given to PC
buyers during the holiday season before the consumer launch of the new
operating system. Excluding this figure, client revenue totaled $4.1 billion
(EUR 3.02 billion), 30 percent higher than last year.

Business division revenue, which includes sales of Office 2007, rose 34
percent to $4.83 billion (EUR 3.55 billion).

Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell said the "excellent quarter"
was due to better-than-expected sales of Vista and Office.

Liddell said Vista beat internal forecasts by $300 million (EUR 220.65
million) to $400 million (EUR 294.2 million), and Office 2007 sales were
$200 million (EUR 147.1 million) better than expected.

The client division sales "are surprisingly ahead of where we thought they
would come in," said Sid Parakh, an analyst at McAdams Wright Ragen. "They
might indicate Vista is doing fine."

Microsoft's entertainment and devices division, which includes the Xbox 360
game console and the Zune music player, posted a 21 percent sales drop to
$929 million (EUR 683.29 million) in an expected post-holiday slump.

Liddell said the company is still on track to sell 1 million Zunes this
fiscal year, and reach the 12 million mark in Xbox 360 units sold since the
product hit store shelves in November 2005.

Microsoft trails Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. in making money from Web
searches, but online services revenue edged up 11 percent to $623 million
(EUR 458 million) in the quarter. Online advertising revenue grew 23 percent
year-over-year, and Liddell said "revenue per search" is higher than a year
ago, when the company was still using a third-party ad platform.

"Monetization of search is increasing with our new adCenter platform," said
the CFO. "It's still a small base, but it's growing very well."

Microsoft also said it repurchased more than $6.7 billion (EUR 4.93 billion)
in stock during the quarter.

For the fiscal fourth quarter, which ends June 30, Microsoft said it will
earn 37 cents to 39 cents per share, with revenue of $13.1 billion (EUR 9.64
billion) to $13.4 billion (EUR 9.86 billion). Wall Street currently expects
a profit of 40 cents per share on $13.31 billion (EUR 9.79 billion) in
sales.

For the full 2007 fiscal year, the company raised its guidance, forecasting
a profit of $1.48 to $1.50 per share on sales from $50.9 billion (EUR 37.44
billion) to $51.2 billion (EUR 37.66 billion). Analysts are looking for
$1.47 per share on revenue of $50.56 billion (EUR 37.19 billion).

Microsoft forecast earnings of $1.68 to $1.72 per share for fiscal 2008,
with revenue of $56.5 billion (EUR 41.56 billion) to $57.5 billion (EUR
42.29 billion). Analysts are predicting a profit of $1.69 per share on
$56.24 billion (EUR 41.37 billion) in sales.

"I think it's a very good quarter, but more importantly, guidance is
essentially in line with what the Street is expecting," said Sarah Friar, an
analyst at Goldman Sachs. "Everyone was so terrified guidance would have
some sort of issue."

Shares of Microsoft jumped $1.20, or 4.1 percent, to $30.30 in after-hours
electronic trading, after adding 11 cents to close at $29.10 on the Nasdaq
Stock Market.

Copyright (C) 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
 
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Former captain of the Enterprise

Now stop that!
Vista is far worse than ME

After 5 years of XP and people waiting for a new OS, they would buy anything
from microsoft
just for a change.. even if it was a dvd case full of shi*.

AND THATS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED!!!! lol
 
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DP

Former captain of the Enterprise said:
After 5 years of XP and people waiting for a new OS, they would buy
anything from microsoft
just for a change.. even if it was a dvd case full of shi*.

Yes, but it's really great sh**!
It works terrific for me.
 
M

mxh

Former captain of the Enterprise said:
Now stop that!
Vista is far worse than ME

After 5 years of XP and people waiting for a new OS, they would buy
anything from microsoft
just for a change.. even if it was a dvd case full of shi*.

AND THATS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED!!!! lol

Don't like Vista? Too bad. It is the future (the near future anyway). Does
that displease you? I certainly hope so.

mxh
 
F

Frank

Former said:
Now stop that!
Vista is far worse than ME

After 5 years of XP and people waiting for a new OS, they would buy anything
from microsoft
just for a change.. even if it was a dvd case full of shi*.

AND THATS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED!!!! lol
65%...yeah baby! Hey capin' crunch, aka jk, aka troll. You need to stick
your head between your legs (unless your obese) and kiss your sweet arse
goodbye!
Game over bozo!
Frank
 
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F

Former captain of the Enterprise

I don't see why you are partying about this....
unless
1) you are bill gates or balmer in disguise
2) you are a tech and will have more clients than ever before with all the
problems that will
escalate...

the more people get vista.. the bigger the disaster ....

By the way I have several blue screens with vista today! lol
 
F

Former captain of the Enterprise

and I must add something else here...

people were waiting for vista to buy new computers.. postponing their
purchases
of OS and preloaded computers so they could get the "new" windows...

this is natural to see a boost compared with the last year of XP.....

I don't think that this is a something unexpected or a sign that vista is
good..

on the contrary.. everyone I talk to who has vista, has problems...
and many formatted and reinstalled XP even if they paid for vista..!
 
S

Stan

BS Vista is no where in the ballpark compaired to ME, i had me and i have
Vista and Vista is great go troll somewhere else
 
G

Guest

amen vista is working great, to bad to many dodo's cant realize that the
same issues occured when xp came out. of course the number of owners of pc's
has at least doubled since xp was released, thus new users in the pc market.
they have a lot to learn i suppose and maybe they will take the time to
learn their pc and vista and stop griping. it is one thing to be frustrated
over an issue with the os but it is an entirely different thing to bash an
os that is new. to many dodo's upgrade to vista without doing their
research. i did my research and have vista running on two pc's without any
issues. heck more pre-vista applications run with vista than pre-xp
applications ran with xp, go figure.
G
 
G

Guest

man you guys rock, i am so sick of vista bashers, and horray for flip 3d,
freaking awesome, and hey vista is the future, they trolls and groaners will
come along and they will use vista, it is not like linux or unix or ubuntu
are good for anything. try walking into a retail store and buying some cool
games for those os's. its not gonna happen, developers write apps for
windows and are gonna keep writing apps for windows. to many trolls and
groaners want a perfect os and forget what it was like to upgrade to xp. bah
get over it already, if you dont love vista now you will
G
 
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Jay

I had ME until around 2004 and thought it was OK, not fantastic but OK. I don't know why so many
people bash ME, but maybe I was just lucky with it in that I didn't have crashing problems.

Vista - well it's different from XP, I'd rather it wasn't so different since I have to learn all the
differences. I'm mainly talking about differences the settings in Control panel, which non-technical
users mostly will not need to use. It's a bit slow with even 1Mbyte of RAM and aero turned off, but
that problem should fade in two years time since 2Gbyte of RAM will get very cheap, even for a
laptop. There are some quirks, but eventually they will get sorted. The new GUI, well to be honest I
turn Aero off - 3d effects don't interest me, although I can see that a lot of non-techical users
will like it. Currently I prefer XP, but no doubt I'll get more into Vista as time goes by.
 
F

Former captain of the Enterprise

XP worked magnificently.. heck I can load a vanilla XP with no service packs
and
work great on it....

I never ever said anything bad about XP and never will... in fact I scolded
whoever
said XP was not good... but vista is a totally retarded obese OS that
belongs in
the graveyard of OS's.
 
F

Former captain of the Enterprise

you are the troll... the facts show that vista has huge problems that are
starting to become
a joke in the IT community.....

Now go tell your vista propaganda to other mindless people, because in here
there are people with brains and they use them.

You are misleading people misinforming them of the quality of an OS,
and bringing them closer to disaster... YOU ARE A TROLL!!!

Go away
 
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New Captain of the Enterprise

You sound like a broken record. YAP YAP YAP- Just like me ex-wife
 
F

Frank

Former said:
XP worked magnificently.. heck I can load a vanilla XP with no service packs
and
work great on it....

I never ever said anything bad about XP and never will... in fact I scolded
whoever
said XP was not good... but vista is a totally retarded obese OS that
belongs in
the graveyard of OS's.
How would you know? You don't have Vista installed. I know you can't
afford to purchase it so just wait for the trial version...shouldn't be
too long before it's available. Then load it, use it and then make your
comments based on usage. At least you'll have some creditability.
Otherwise, just keep making a damned fool out of yourself.
Your choice.
Frank
 
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Frank

Former said:
you are the troll... the facts show that vista has huge problems that are
starting to become
a joke in the IT community.....

Now go tell your vista propaganda to other mindless people, because in here
there are people with brains and they use them.

You are misleading people misinforming them of the quality of an OS,
and bringing them closer to disaster... YOU ARE A TROLL!!!

Go away
Take you own advice and disappear until you have Vista installed and
have used it, you idiot lying troll!
Go away! (ha)
(chuckle)
Frank
 

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