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Windows' Share of Microsoft Sales Drops to Four-year Low

Gregg Keizer October 22, 2012
Windows' Share of Microsoft Sales Drops to Four-year Low
Only in the quarter's final month did Windows sales tick up, but those were to computer makers buying Windows 8, and thus were deferred until next quarter.

The Windows division's share of Microsoft's revenue last quarter dropped to a four-year low as Windows 7 sales stalled before the launch of Windows 8, financial data released by Microsoft yesterday showed.

The Windows and Windows Live group posted sales of $3.2 billion during the three months ending Sept. 30, a drop of 33% from the same period the year before.

Revenue was reduced by the $1.2 billion that Microsoft deferred to cover sales of Windows 8 to computer makers preparing their new hardware for launch next week, and for a deal that debuted off in June which promises buyers of new Windows 7 PCs a $14.99 upgrade to Windows 8.

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