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Training, Certification Contribution Lower in 2003

Although Microsoft's 2003 fiscal first-quarter revenue has risen in all areas, the training and certification group contribution to server segment revenue has dropped 18 percent.

Microsoft's training and certification group contributed 18 percent less to the company's overall revenue in the server segment. This, according to Microsoft's quarterly 10-Q report to the Securities and Exchanges Commission.

"Training, certification, Microsoft Press and other services declined 18% from the September quarter of fiscal 2002," according to the report, "as a result of lower volumes of training certifications and a weak computer book market."

Training and certification revenue is included in a segment that Microsoft calls "Server Platforms." This segment encompasses revenue from server software licenses and client access licenses for Windows Server, SQL Server, and other server software, as well as BackOffice/Core CALs, developer tools, training, certification, Microsoft Press, Premier product support services, and Microsoft consulting services. Server Platforms revenue was $1.63 billion, an increase of 13 percent from last year.

Microsoft reported $7.75 billion in overall revenue for the 2003 first quarter, which was an increase of 26 percent over the 2002 first quarter. The 2003 fiscal first quarter runs from July 1 to Sept. 30, 2002. The report is available at http://www.microsoft.com/msft/sec/FY03/10Q03_1.doc.

About the Author

Michael Domingo has held several positions at 1105 Media, and is currently the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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