Microsoft's quarterly revenue came in at $21.46 billion, a slight jump over the $20.8 billion (GAAP) reported for the same period in fiscal year 2011. Adjustments for Windows 8 pre-sales and various upgrade offers brought the total for this Q2 up to just above $22 billion (non-GAAP). Operating income and diluted earnings per share dipped slightly year-over-year by 3-percent.
"With new Windows devices, including Surface Pro, and the new Office on the horizon, we’ll continue to drive excitement for the Windows ecosystem and deliver our software through devices and services people love and businesses need," said Ballmer.
Obviously, Microsoft is looking to grab further market share in the tablet space, but it still faces an uphill battle with Apple's iPad continuing to dominate. Still, the upcoming release of the Surface Pro seems to have Microsoft in a hopeful mood.
Also of note, the company's Entertainment and Devices division saw a decrease in revenue of 11-percent year-over-year. While the Xbox 360 continues its reign at the top of the home console sector, it's yet another sign of a generation of machines at the end of its life-cycle. Conversely, the Online Services division saw an 11-percent increae in revenue year-over-year.
Microsoft has reconfirmed operating expense guidance for fiscal year 2013 between $30.3 and $30.9 billion.