A preproduction draft of our earnings release was discovered by one or more media sources who then published our results to the web before market close. After consulting with NASDAQ, we have posted our official numbers. We apologize for any confusion and will review our procedures to ensure this does not happen again.
— Microsoft’s explanation of why its financial report (sales = $20 billion, new record) went online about 20 minutes ahead of schedule — and 15 minutes before the market closed. Even giant corporations have oopsies.