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Microsoft has big quarter. Windows up for some reason, Xbox down.

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Microsoft beat the street last night after the bell, reporting earnings per share of $0.60 on revenue of $17.41 billion. The street predicted $0.58 on $17.18 billion. I will never understand how a street can make predictions, maybe it’s some kind of bewitched street under the spell of a magical wizard. Heck, I don’t know. It’s interesting to get inside the numbers a little bit on Microsoft’s performance in that it was a big quarter for the Windows operating system. The dynastic operating system was up 4% in revenues, which is kind of screwy since Windows 7 has been around for quite a while now, Windows 8 doesn’t arrive until later this year, and we probably won’t see a big buy up of that new OS until sometime in 2013. So what’s happening? Maybe we should ask that spooooky street oracle. Worse news for gaming, though: revenue was down for Xbox 16%. Could it be that Kinect didn’t change everything you thought you knew about everything after all? Seems likely at the very least that whoever is in charge of building the next generation of Xbox is moving a little quicker this morning. Of course, given the regular pace of things at Microsoft, “a little quicker” means just a notch above extraordinarily slowly.

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