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Microsoft announces Q1 earnings with $5.31 billion in profit, braces for Windows 8 surge

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It’s Microsoft’s turn at quiet-before-the-storm quarterly results, and that’s evident in the fiscal first quarter earnings it just dropped on our laps. The Redmond team is reporting $16.01 billion in revenue, but a more modest than usual $5.31 billion in profit over the summer — while it’s healthier than the Q4 loss stemming from the aQuantive write-off, it’s not as impressive as the $7.2 billion profit from a year ago. While a tough PC market is partly to blame, it’s equally hard to say that Microsoft couldn’t have done better. There’s a real chance that some of its customers have been holding back on purchases in anticipation of the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 launches; it’s already setting aside $1.36 billion in revenue for Windows and Office upgrades. The company is unquestionably preparing itself for a giant spike in demand once at least Windows 8 rolls around later this month, so we’d say that the real litmus test will be the results we get after the holidays.

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