Microsoft has a lot riding on the success of its new Windows 8 operating system and Surface tablet, so the company’s financials for the second-quarter — the first period to reflect the October launch of those products — are the first real indicator of how its so-called “re-imagining of Windows and … the whole PC industry” is working out.
Thankfully for Microsoft, it’s working out okay.
Posting financials after market close Thursday, the company reported a fiscal second-quarter earnings of 76 cents a share, on $21.46 billion in revenue. Analysts, on average, had expected the company to report earnings of 75 cents a share on $21.6 billion in revenue.
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