Microsoft Q3 earnings top Wall Street, new Apple attack ads

The world’s largest computer software-maker, Microsoft Inc., today announced Q3 2009 (ending Sept 30) earnings, easily beating Wall Street expectations and sending the Microsoft stock (MSFT) surging up almost 6-percent in mid-day trading.

Microsoft recorded total sales as $12.9 billion (down 14-percent from the same period last year), but still topped analyst expectations.

Microsoft posted $3.6 billion ($0.40 per share) in profits, an 18-percent decrease compared to the same period in 2008.

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Microsoft CFO Chris Linddell said today in a statement that the company is pleased with its performance. He also noted the company is keeping in line with cost estimates. Microsoft more recently began aggressively cutting costs, announcing 5,000 layoffs last January, the biggest in the company’s history.

The fourth quarter of 2009 is expected to be better as the company just launched Windows 7, which is expected to be very successful and also outsell Vista.

The launch of Windows 7 has prompted a series of new attack ads from rival Apple, the new TV advertisement placements are embedded below.

If you’d like to learn more about Windows 7, you should check out cnet’s comprehensive review of Windows 7 here complete with benchmarking tests.


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  • robert

    god i hate mac adverts so much instead of adressing the benefits it has it rather points out the flaws in windows and this is because mac has no advantages over microsoft. so what your word processor opens 0.23 seconds faster than it would in windows. so what if you have a trendy set up that is handy. I really don't mean this sarcastically, windows is just a lot better than mac first of all because of all the tools it has which were designed by loyal users downloadable for free on the internet that are not mac compatible, it can play the most modern games. It gives you the same hardware for half the price a mac does.

    Most of all running windows doesn't make you seem like a pretencious twat who goes to art school and has no real talent and nothing going for him except owning a mac.

  • robert

    god i hate mac adverts so much instead of adressing the benefits it has it rather points out the flaws in windows and this is because mac has no advantages over microsoft. so what your word processor opens 0.23 seconds faster than it would in windows. so what if you have a trendy set up that is handy. I really don’t mean this sarcastically, windows is just a lot better than mac first of all because of all the tools it has which were designed by loyal users downloadable for free on the internet that are not mac compatible, it can play the most modern games. It gives you the same hardware for half the price a mac does.nnMost of all running windows doesn’t make you seem like a pretencious twat who goes to art school and has no real talent and nothing going for him except owning a mac.

  • http://business2press.com Hercules K

    Hey Robert,

    I actually use Mac & PC, however, Excel on Mac is really bad, its missing advanced functions that are found on the PC version…so there's no way an investment analyst would use a mac simply because of that…

    As far as advantages, besides the UI enhancements and all that sort of stuff, I personally think those warrant the purchase of a mac….another reason i dislike my imac is it doesn't even have one HDMI port, meanwhile the entry level Acer netbooks even have one…to get HDMI connectivity, you need to buy a $75 converter…among other problems (these are all facts!)

  • Hercules K

    Hey Robert,nnI actually use Mac & PC, however, Excel on Mac is really bad, its missing advanced functions that are found on the PC version…so there’s no way an investment analyst would use a mac simply because of that…nnAs far as advantages, besides the UI enhancements and all that sort of stuff, I personally think those warrant the purchase of a mac….another reason i dislike my imac is it doesn’t even have one HDMI port, meanwhile the entry level Acer netbooks even have one…to get HDMI connectivity, you need to buy a $75 converter…among other problems (these are all facts!)

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