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In this earnings call, the focus will be primarily on Windows, Xbox and Windows Phone. We also expect the launch of the Surface tablets to boost Microsoft's chances in the tablet market.
WindowsWindows sales have been flat in the last couple of quarters, as Windows 7 was launched more than two years ago, and customers stall purchases for Windows 8, which is expected to be launched soon. We expect Windows sales to be flat in the last quarter as well, or even show a slight decline, but show a massive jump following the launch of Windows 8, which has received rave reviews so far, and will serve three huge markets: Desktops, notebooks and the rapidly expanding tablet market. The launch of the Surface tablet could provide a very positive impact to Windows 8 sales in the tablet space.
OfficeOffice is Microsoft's most valuable business, which showed modest growth in the last quarter. Though Microsoft unveiled the Technical Preview of Office 15, the final version will be launched only in 2013, which could lead to a slowdown in the sales of the Office suite in the coming quarters. Operating margins for Office may also be squeezed a bit, as the cloud-based Office 365 gains traction in the enterprise, and leads to an increase in the overall operating costs of the Office business.
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