Microsoft gets unexpected bump in Windows revenue

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Microsoft yesterday said revenue during the December quarter for its More Personal Computing (MPC) group, which includes Windows and the Surface hardware portfolio, was down 5% — the third straight quarter of year-over-year declines and the sixth shrinkage in the last seven earnings periods.

But Windows revenue was up 3% to approximately $5.1 billion, or about 43% of the group’s total.

“This quarter, we saw growth across Windows broadly,” said CEO Satya Nadella in a Thursday call with Wall Street.

The part of Windows revenue generated by sales of licenses to device makers — the bulk of OS income — was up 5%, a turn-about from the previous quarter when operating system sales were flat, and an even larger climb from a 5% contraction of a year ago.

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