Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer thanked a huge audience of the company’s partners today and at the same time subtly cast a positive light on financial results for the fourth quarter of its 2006 fiscal year, scheduled for release next Thursday.
“(P)erhaps most importantly, thank you for the business you drive on our behalf. … We had a good year. We’re waiting to close the books, so I’m not going to make any financial pronouncements. But I say a double thanks in advance of the announcement of our fiscal year results. I appreciate everything you’ve done for us. In the era of Sarbanes-Oxley, it gets a lot harder to have these discussions, but stand by for news.”