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Microsoft quarterly revenues up 27 percent YOY on strength of Vista, Office 2007, Halo 3

Once again, Microsoft has made a gajillion dollars, all while dispelling myths about Vista's supposed problems:

Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $13.76 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, a 27% increase over the same period of the prior year. Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $5.92 billion, $4.29 billion and $0.45, respectively.

“This fiscal year is off to an outstanding start with the fastest revenue growth of any first quarter since 1999,” said Chris Liddell, chief financial officer at Microsoft.  “Operating income growth of over 30% also reflects our ability to translate revenue into profits while making strategic investments for the future.”

Microsoft’s businesses of Client, Microsoft Business Division, and Server and Tools grew combined revenue in excess of 20%, and experienced robust demand for Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system, Windows Server, and SQL Server.

“Customer demand for Windows Vista this quarter continued to build with double-digit growth in multi-year agreements by businesses and with the vast majority of consumers purchasing premium editions,” said Kevin Johnson, president of the Platform and Services Division at Microsoft.

But wait, there's more. Microsoft announced that it has sold over 85 million copies of Windows Vista so far, 25 million of those in the past 3 months alone. And thanks to Halo 3, Microsoft's entertainment and devices division posted its second ever profit, this time for $165 million. Fear not, I'm sure they'll be back to losing money again next quarter.

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