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Microsoft Posts Record Q4 Revenue Of $18.06 Billion, But Still Loses $492 Million

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Microsoft has just posted its financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter, ending June 30th 2012, and despite an overall loss of $492 million things are looking good for the company. Revenue reached a record high of $18.06 billion, a figure that includes $1.7 billion from its Entertainment and Devices Division (i.e. Xbox), $4.1 billion from its Windows and Windows Live Divisions and $6.3 billion from its Business Division.

The reason for the net loss is the write-off of the company's 2007 acquisition of advertising company aQuantive (now part of Microsoft's Advertiser and Publisher Solutions Group), which cost the company $6.2 billion - its biggest investment until it bought Skype last year.

The key revenue figure represents a 7 percent increase over the same period last year, indicating that despite Windows Phone faltering and there being a lull in software sales in anticipation of Windows 8, the company is doing very well. What's more, given the big name launches of Windows 8 and Office 2013 later this year, it seems set for a good forseeable future too.

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