Much higher than expected profits for Microsoft in the quarter ending September.
The Redmond company, surprisingly, reported $ 7.75 billion in revenue compared to 6.13 in the same period last year and against 7.25 in the previous quarter. Profits reached $ 2.73 billion against $ 1.28 billion in the same period last year. Earnings per share were 50 cents, against 43 forecast by most analysts.
According to observers, Microsoft was helped in the unexpected performance by the strong sales of Windows XP Pro, the most expensive of the versions of the operating system, which together make up 63% of the sales.
In addition to this, in the professional sector, Redmond has established new licensing policies which are much more expensive (from 33 to 107%) than those in force until a few months ago, which led to a much higher than expected flow of money.
Other sectors worthy of note are the growth in turnover in the entertainment sector which is benefiting from the good success of the X-BOX and that of the division that deals with PocketPC.
The turnover of the Office division also grew by 26% compared to the same period last year.