Microsoft Corp (MSFT)
Earnings Release FY12 Q3
Enterprise demand drives top-line and operating income growth
Strong demand for business products and services
Continued strong adoption of Office 2010 and Windows 7
Double-digit revenue growth in Server & Tools
Online Services Division operating loss improvement
Strong console share despite soft market
Double-digit operating income growth
Strong product pipeline including Windows 8, Office "15", Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012, and SQL Server 2012

Revenue increased primarily due to strong sales of Server and Tools products and services and the 2010 Microsoft Office system, offset in part by a decline in Xbox 360 entertainment platform sales. Revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2012 also included Skype revenue.

Operating income increased 12%, primarily reflecting an increase in revenue, offset in part by higher research and development expenses. Research and development expenses increased $248 million or 11%, due mainly to higher headcount-related expenses. Headcount-related expenses increased across the company reflecting a 4% increase in headcount from March 31, 2011 and changes in our employee compensation program.

Diluted earnings per share were $0.60. Prior year net income and diluted earnings per share reflected a partial settlement with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service ("I.R.S.") and higher other income. The partial settlement with the I.R.S. added $461 million to prior year net income and $0.05 to diluted earnings per share.

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