The above graph represents Microsoft Windows revenue by year. Microsoft Windows revenue reached an all-time high in fiscal 2019, amounting to $20,395 million. The 4.5% YoY growth in windows revenue was driven by growth in Windows Commercial and Windows OEM, offset in part by a decline in patent licensing. Interestingly, fiscal 2019 was also the first time when Windows annual revenue surpassed the $20 billion or $20,000 million milestone.
Microsoft Annual revenue from Windows: History
|Source||Microsoft Annual reports, SEC Filings|
|Last Updated||11 November 2019|
|Note||Microsoft financial year – from July 1 to June 30|
In fiscal 2010, Windows PC operating systems revenue clocked $18,225 million, with an impressive 24% YoY increase. The growth was primarily driven by the strong sales of Windows 7 and PC market improvement. However, the revenue from Windows started declining from fiscal 2011 and reached to the lowest $14,826 million in fiscal 2015.
Microsoft’s latest operating system – Windows 10 – is currently active on nearly 700 million devices around the world.
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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