Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers post impressive growth

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Microsoft Corp. has announced revenue of $6.46 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2001, a 14% increase over the $5.66 billion for the same quarter last year. Net income and diluted earnings per share were $2.45 billion and $0.44.

“Results were strong across all businesses and came in a little better than we expected,” said John Connors, chief financial officer at Microsoft. “We were particularly pleased by the ongoing strong performance of Windows 2000 Professional and the accelerating demand for our .NET Enterprise Server products by business customers. Despite this quarter’s solid performance, we continue to be mindful of the current economic climate and the impact it may have on business and consumer demand.”

The Windows 2000 family of products posted another record quarter. Windows 2000 Professional showed particularly strong momentum, accounting for 35% of all 32-bit operating systems that shipped during the quarter, up from 31% in the December 2000 quarter.

Business Outlook
For the quarter ending June 30, 2001:
• Revenue is expected to be in the range of $6.30 billion and $6.50 billion.
• Diluted earnings per share is expected to be $0.41 or $0.42, after including a charge of one cent related to the acquisition of Great Plains Software, Inc.

For the full fiscal year ending June 30, 2002:
• Revenue is expected to be in the range of $28 billion and $29 billion.
• Diluted earnings per share is expected to be in the range of $1.90 to $1.94.

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