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Windows 7 couldn’t have arrived at a better time for Microsoft: 2009 was a terrible year for the PC industry and, thanks to its financial reliance on the Windows business, it was a down year for Microsoft too.

One day after announcing that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 had reached the RTM (release to manufacturing) milestone in July 2009, Microsoft also announced its quarterly earnings, which sunk 17 percent year-over-year (YOY) because of “weakness in the global PC and server markets.” Even its annual earnings---Microsoft’s fiscal year ran from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009---were down, in this case by 3 percent.

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