Vista makes Bill even richer
It’s a good day to be Bill Gates – all that hassle to get Windows Vista out the door has finally paid off with Microsoft announcing record profits.
Revenue for the first quarter of the year came in at $14.40 billion – an increase of 32 percent over the same time last year. Not surprising really, as back then it looked like Vista would never actually ship.
Operating income came in at $6.59 billion with net income pegged at $4.93 billion – all in all, none too shabby.
“This quarter marked the consumer launches of Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and we are delighted with the positive customer response these products have received,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft, no doubt rubbing his hands with glee. “We continue to deliver on our compelling product cycle and build upon strong field sales and marketing execution in order to drive revenue and profit growth for the company.”