Microsoft's turn to make a triple play for our attention this week...
In official news the company has announced Windows 7 is the "fastest selling OS in history" - something that shouldn't be really surprising considering a) Windows dominates the computer landscape, b) more people own computers than ever before and c) these computers have never been more affordable. Still, it'd be churlish not to acknowledge Microsoft has done a remarkable job since the Vista car crash and I do indeed prefer Windows 7 to Mac OS X.
Alongside this achievement, Microsoft has announced its Q1 financial results and, much like Apple and Google's recent figures, they are hugely impressive. Main points are a 14 per cent increase in revenue from the year ago quarter to a record $19.02bn while operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $8.51 billion, $6.66 billion and $0.74 per share, which represents increases of 43 per cent, 60 per cent and 57 per cent respectively.
“Exceptional demand for Windows 7 led to the positive top-line growth for the company,” said Peter Klein, chief financial officer at Microsoft. “Our continuing commitment to managing costs allowed us to drive earnings performance ahead of the revenue growth.”
In a final twist, Klein also revealed that Microsoft will show off Windows Mobile 7 for the first time "in a few weeks" - a timeframe which coincides nicely with Mobile World Congress 2010, held in Barcelona (we'll be there). Much like Windows 7, WM7 is seen by many as a massively important release for the company as it looks to put a desperately disappointing predecessor behind it.
In fact I'd argue WM7 is more important than Windows 7 since Microsoft doesn't enjoy anywhere near the same dominance in the mobile space as it does in computing so get this release wrong and it may be kissing the smartphone market goodbye.