The above graph represents Microsoft Windows revenue by quarter, starting from fiscal Q1 2017 to the most recent quarter. Windows revenue in fiscal Q1 2020 increased 9.2% YoY to $5,353 million, driven by growth in Windows Commercial and Windows OEM, offset in part by a decline in patent licensing. However, it’s a notable 7.6% QoQ decline when the company reported its highest-ever quarterly revenue from Windows.

Growth in Microsoft Windows Revenue by Quarter: History

RegionWorldwide
SourceMicrosoft Quarterly reportsSEC Filings
Last Updated11 November 2019
Graph ID561
NoteMicrosoft financial year – from July 1 to June 30

Fiscal Q4 2019 was the first time when Microsoft windows revenue crossed the $5 billion mark, globally. The company generated a record $5,792 million ($5.8 billion) in revenue from Windows, with 6.78% YoY increase. The revenue increased an impressive 17.2% when compared to the previous quarter. The growth in windows revenue was primarily driven by the year-over-year growth in Windows OEM revenue (9%) and Windows Commercial revenue (18%).

Note: Windows, including Windows original equipment manufacturer (“OEM”) licensing and other non-volume licensing of the Windows operating system; Windows Commercial, comprising volume licensing of the Windows operating system, Windows cloud services, and other Windows commercial offerings; patent licensing; Windows Internet of Things (“IoT”); and MSN advertising.

About Microsoft Corporation: Additional Information

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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