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The above graph represents the worldwide Microsoft revenue by quarter, starting from fiscal Q1 1996 to the most recent quarter. Microsoft revenue in FY Q4 2020 increased an impressive 12.8% YoY to a record-high of $38,033 million ($38 billion), worldwide. On a quarterly basis, the company reported a 8.6% growth in its June quarter revenue.
Microsoft Quarterly Revenue: History
|Source||Microsoft Quarterly reports, SEC Filings|
|Note||Microsoft financial year – from July 1 to June 30|
Microsoft revenue in fiscal Q4 2019 increased 12.1% YoY to $33,717 million, with an impressive 10.3% increase when compared to the previous quarter.
Fiscal Q2 2004 was the first time when Microsoft crossed $10 billion revenue milestone. The company witnessed an impressive 18.9% YoY growth in its revenue. Exactly after 4 years, Microsoft quarterly revenue surpassed $15 billion mark. The company’s global revenue in fiscal Q2 2008 increased a whopping 30.5% YoY, to $16,367 million.
One must note that Microsoft annual revenue surpassed $100-billion milestone for the first time in fiscal 2018. The growth was primarily led by the fourth quarter when the company generated a whopping $30,085 million ($30.1 billion) in revenue. The Q4 2018 revenue increased an appreciable 17.5% YoY and 12.18% QoQ.
Interestingly, the second quarter (Oct-Dec) of any year has always been the most fruitful for Microsoft as the company generates the maximum revenue in that quarter.
About Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) is an American multinational technology company, founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975. The company is best known for its software products such as Microsoft Windows OSs, Microsoft Office Suite, and web browsers such as Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft rose to dominate the personal computer operating system market during the 1980-81 when it formed a partnership with IBM to provide MS-DOS (Microsoft Disk Operating System) for IBM PCs. This implied that for every computer sold by IBM having Microsoft’s OS, a royalty was paid to Microsoft.
On November 20, 1985, Microsoft launched Windows – a graphical operating environment that runs on MS-DOS.
On March 13, 1986, Microsoft had a highly successful initial public offering (IPO) for $21 per share. By the end of the day, the stock price had risen to $35.50, which made Bill Gates an instant multi-millionaire, with 44.8% of the company’s stock.
On May 22, 1990, Microsoft launched Windows 3.0. Interestingly, Microsoft’s Windows 3.0 became the first widely successful version of Windows, from the very first day.
Microsoft has made ten acquisitions worth over one billion dollars: Skype (2011), aQuantive (2007), Fast Search & Transfer (2008), Navision (2002), Visio Corporation (2000), Yammer (2012), Nokia’s mobile and devices division (2013), Mojang (2014), LinkedIn (2016) and GitHub (2018).
Microsoft recently overtook Apple to become the world’s most valuable company, clocking $1 trillion valuation.
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