Microsoft grows in NZ and worldwide in Q3

Only Japan falls short of double-digit growth

Microsoft New Zealand achieved strong growth over the past financial year, Microsoft NZ managing director Ross Peat says.

In a statement announcing the results, Peat is quoted as saying: "Over the past fiscal year, we have experienced good results on the server side of our business, with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 deployments achieving 12% growth and SQL Server uptake increasing at 16%."

Microsoft Exchange was "a stellar performer", Peat says, growing 20%, and there was a 26% uptake in Microsoft security products. Microsoft does not release quarterly results for New Zealand in dollar terms.

The Microsoft Business Solutions group, which encompasses the Navision and Axapta ERP products and Microsoft CRM, grew 25% year-on-year, Peat says.

Worldwide, Microsoft's revenue for the April–June quarter was US$10.2 billion (NZ$14.8 billion), up from US$9.3 billion for the same period last year.

The global results were announced by Microsoft chief financial officer and expat New Zealander Chris Liddell on Thursday. In a webcast, Liddell noted that Microsoft's emerging mobile products division experienced the highest growth of any part of the company, clocking in 43% year-on-year growth.

Liddell said that globally, all geographic segments experienced double-digit revenue for the year, except for Japan, where growth was single-digit.

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