Tomahawk, WI 01/24/2014 (BasicsMedia) – Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) released its final quarterly earnings report of the 2013 calendar year after the bell on Thursday, January 23 posting record earnings which not only surpassed its third quarter earnings but also proved its analysts completely wrong who had predicted a fall in earnings for Microsoft this quarter.

Microsoft’s GAAP earnings for this quarter were $0.78 per share exceeding the analysts’ target of $0.68 per share which was accompanied by a 14% rise in its revenues for this quarter ending and even its shares traded on a 4% high after report of a strong fourth quarter earnings of Microsoft reached the market. Although Microsoft has majorly been a software company but the foremost reason being attributed to its fruitful earnings in this quarter are due to Microsoft’s robust holiday season sales of its Xbox One game and its surface tablet device. Microsoft’s hardware segment has not been able to generate much profit in this quarter however its devices and its software services have been a major contributor to its earnings in its fourth quarter ending.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s present CEO Steve Ballmer has played an integral part in increasing the revenues of Microsoft by undertaking various measures like corporate reorganization of Microsoft which was done by him only last year. Steve Ballmer, who announced in August last year of his plans to retire within a year, would be thrilled that he has been able to take Microsoft to such a high before he retires although Microsoft is yet to find his replacement. Steve Ballmer said “Our Commercial segment continues to outpace the overall market, and our Devices and Consumer segment had a great holiday quarter,” reflecting the optimistic mood the company is in after these results.

However, this quarter ending has not been good for Microsoft rival tech companies like Intel Corporation (NYSE:INTC) and International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) however Microsoft’s awesome performance this quarter has given a reason to cheer to other companies working in this sector.

Microsoft presently is busy in completing its acquisition of mobile company Nokia Corporation (ADR)’s (NYSE:NOK) Oyj’s handset unit which would put Microsoft on a stronghold in the mobile arena but Microsoft has a cause to worry as earlier in the day Nokia had announced a dip in its sale of Lumia phones compared to its last year’s sales figures which was almost double of the handsets unit sold this year. However after Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s good performance this quarter analysts are of the opinion that this acquisition of Nokia by Microsoft will surely result in huge profit margins for Microsoft in the coming years.

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