Microsoft gets unexpected bump in Windows revenue


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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