Beleaguered Microsoft posts record revenue for Q2 2014

Struggling software firm Microsoft posted its financial results for the second quarter of its 2014 financial year. Revenue was up 14 percent to $24.5 billion, operating income was up 2.5 percent to $8.0 billion, and earnings per share was up 4 percent to $0.79. All comparisons are with the same quarter of the 2013 financial year.

The results used the new reporting scheme first introduced last quarter, splitting the company between “Devices and Consumer” (D&C) and “Commercial,” with further subdivisions within each unit.

D&C Licensing revenue was down 6 percent year on year, and gross margin was down 3 percent, dropping to $5.4 and $5.0 billion respectively. Microsoft attributed this to the broader decline of the PC market. Although revenue of Windows Pro licenses sold to OEMs was up 12 percent, non-Pro revenue was down 20 percent, for an overall OEM revenue drop of 3 percent.

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