“Microsoft’s most recent Windows sales totals got a boost from the fact the company quietly added revenues previously assigned to other groups to its operating systems unit, a bit of accounting legerdemain that, along with other bookkeeping moves, helped the Windows group post big gains in the past quarter, according to an InformationWeek analysis of the software maker’s SEC filings,” Paul McDougall reports for InformationWeek.
MacDailyNews Take: Ballmer.
McDougall reports, “Microsoft’s latest quarterly report shows the company bolstered revenues in its Windows, Server & Tools, and Office units in part by shifting money from other internal organizations–mostly the Entertainment and Devices Division, which sells the Xbox.”
MacDailyNews Take: Ballmer T. Clown.
McDougall reports, “Windows group sales alone may have benefited by as much as $259 million or more, just from the bookkeeping changes. Indeed, the Windows group, which includes the flagship Windows 7 OS, was the main beneficiary of the revisions, while the EDD unit was the biggest loser.”
Read more in the full article, including how Microsoft’s Big Ass Table has vanished from Microsoft’s quarterly earnings statement altogether, here.
MacDailyNews Take: May he remain Microsoft CEO for as long as it takes!
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]