Microsoft looks likely to show a boost to sales in its fourth financial quarter filings, with its controversial licensing plan credited with safeguarding gains.
The company is to release its results on 18 July. Many analysts are tipping that its new licensing scheme will boost earnings, despite the global downturn in IT spending.
A survey of 25 analysts by market watcher Thomas First Call found a consensus forecast for sales of $7.06bn, up from $6.6bn the previous year.
Business customers have until the end of this month to get their licensing plans in order before Licensing 6.0 comes into effect.
Analysts said that Microsoft was likely to offer a cautious statement ahead of releasing figures, and that growth is expected to slow in subsequent quarters.
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