Microsoft (MSFT) -1.9% following its FQ1 miss, which featured ugly Windows division figures...
Friday, October 19, 2012, 7:54 AM ETMicrosoft (MSFT) -1.9% following its FQ1 miss, which featured ugly Windows division figures (hurt by both demand and inventory changes), and a slowdown for Office and Server & Tools - coming in the wake of Intel and IBM's numbers, that's bound to heighten fears of an enterprise IT slowdown. Two silver linings: Microsoft's unearned revenue balance (tied to subscriptions) rose 13% Y/Y to $17.7B, and the company said on its earnings call Windows sales picked up in September as OEMs began to prepare for Windows 8's arrival.
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