Todd Bishop points out that Microsoft will be releasing its third quarter earnigns report in just over a day. What’s more important, he says, is that MS will also be releasing its fiscal forecast for the coming year, including expected revenues and sales of Windows Vista and Office 2007. They will also likely explain how much the delays of Vista and Office will affect the bottom line.
For the third quarter itself, analysts polled by Thomson Financial expect Microsoft to post quarterly revenue of slightly more than $11 billion, an increase of 15 percent over the company’s revenue in the same quarter last year. For earnings per share, the consensus is 33 cents. That’s at the high end of the guidance issued by Microsoft in January. At the time, the company said it expected third-quarter revenue between $10.9 billion and $11.2 billion.
I’m also interested in hearing how well (or not) the Xbox division did in the last few months. To get the news as it happens, come back here, or visit this page at 5:30 Eastern tomorrow.