Windows and Windows Live Division revenue dipped 1 percent for the fourth quarter ended June 30, 2011, and was down 2 percent for the year even though Windows 7 sold more than 400 million licenses, Microsoft announced . Nevertheless, the Redmond software giant posted big numbers overall, with $17.37 billion for the quarter, an 8 percent increase from the same quarter one year ago. For the fiscal year, Microsoft reported record revenue of $69.94 billion, a 12 percent jump from last year.
"Throughout fiscal 2011, we delivered to market a strong lineup of products and services which translated into double-digit revenue growth, and operating margin expansion," said Peter Klein, chief financial officer at Microsoft. "Our platform and cloud investments position us for long-term growth."
Disregarding the flat Windows revenue, these are strong numbers for Microsoft, whose Entertainment & Devices Division picked up the slack with a whopping 30 percent growth in the fourth quarter, and 45 percent for the full year "due to the ongoing momentum of the console, Kinect, and Xbox Live."
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