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Microsoft posts devilish Q4 earnings of $6.66 billion

In 1975 Bill Gates, Paul Allen and a certain unnamed, cloven-hoofed, hot-under-the-collar associate made a pact: to rule the world! It seems, 35 years, billions of dollars and dozens of lawsuits later that they've made it.

For the quarter ending December 2009, Microsoft saw a net, record-breaking profit of 6.66 billion dollars on revenue of 19 billion dollars -- in just three months! Driven by the release of Windows 7 this was actually the most successful quarter money-wise in Microsoft's history. This might come as a little bit of a shock to the PC naysayers, what with the apparent loss of ground to Apple, but it's just proof that the PC market in specific, and tech sector in general, is still very strong indeed.

If the inferno-like profit wasn't enough to send you reeling -- have a think about the profit margin. I still can't get my head around the 30% difference between revenue and profit. Ah, software! Ah, a greater-than-90-percent market share! Ah... I'm in the wrong business...

In other news, Windows 7 flew off the shelves 234% faster than Windows Vista. Big surprise -- Vista was obviously Microsoft's attempt to strike a deal with Gabe and Him which obviously didn't last very long.
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