Want to easily compare the share of revenue coming from Microsoft’s various sales channels? Interested in how many premium copies of Windows Vista Microsoft is selling to consumers and businesses? Are you a fan of XBRL (eXtensible business reporting language)?
Then Microsoft has a site for you. The company just launched an extension of its regular investor relations site called Investor Central. On a welcome page, Microsoft CFO Chris Liddell says it is “intended to help investors from large institutions to retail shareholders better understand Microsoft’s business strategies and our financial results.
“It takes advantage of new technologies (like XBRL). As you navigate around the site, you’ll see that you can click on many of the line items in the financial statements for additional information, and you can move back and forth easily between views.”
I played around with it a bit and it is pretty helpful, even if it is still a work in progress, as a spokeswoman noted. Instead of trolling through the 10-Qs, most of what I’m interested in is in one place.