Microsoft today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2012, announcing a $18.60 billion revenue and a $6.93 billion operating income. The quarter, however, is Microsoft's first quarterly loss reported ever in the company's history. Microsoft blames the loss on the $6.2 billion charge the company's online services division took after a poor acquisition of aQuantive.
“We delivered record fourth quarter and annual revenue, and we’re fast approaching the most exciting launch season in Microsoft history,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “Over the coming year, we’ll release the next versions of Windows, Office, Windows Server, Windows Phone, and many other products and services that will drive our business forward and provide unprecedented opportunity to our customers and partners.”