Microsoft continues to rack up corporate coins -

Redmond turned in remarkable results for its fourth quarter, underlining the fact that practically the whole world and its dog revolve around the rather manky but long lasting Windows operating system.

The firm said that it scored revenues of $16.04 billion for its quarter and turned in net profits of $4.52 billion, which isn't a bad margin, at all.

The revenues were up 22 percent compared to the same quarter last year but its net profits rose by 48 percent on the back of Windows sales.

Corporations are starting to buy Windows 7 big time, demonstrating that whether there's an iCore 3, 7, 9 or 11 from Intel, or a strontium-germanium chip underlying it, we all depend on Windows, like it or like it not. Even Intel, although we suspect Intel fabs still use DEC's VMS.

Kevin Turner, Microsoft's chief operating officer (COO like a pigeon), said it saw strong sales  across all of its products. He underplayed Windows Phone 7 however, and didn't mention the trashing of its 'Kin phone.

But with profits and margins like this - who cares?

He did say Windows 7 and Office 2010 did well, reflecting an upturn in sales to corporations and enterprises.

Microsoft is not Google and Turner didn't mention Bing! either. Who cares about Apple, Microsoft seemed to be implying. The company has corporate nuts in the palm of its hands, now large corporations realise they've actually got to upgrade, like it or not.  Microsoft's real enemy - and it's been its enemy for the last 20 years is IBM - not the FTC, the Justice Department nor the European Union.

Intel is its temporary friend.