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Windows 7 to thank for Microsoft's bumper results

Microsoft's results have shown Windows 7 was worth it, with 60 million licences sold and a 60 per cent rise in net income.

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The release of Windows 7 has helped Microsoft achieve some of its best results yet when it comes to revenues, but other elements of the company have suffered in the past three months.

The giant of the software industry announced revenues of $19.02 billion (11.78 billion) for the last quarter, ending 31 December, and a 60 per cent rise in net income to $6.66 billion.

These were largely down to the releases of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 back in October, with the former selling over 60 million licences.

"Exceptional demand for Windows 7 led to the positive top-line growth for the company," said Peter Klein, chief financial officer (CFO) at Microsoft, in a statement.

"Our continuing commitment to managing costs allowed us to drive earnings performance ahead of the revenue growth."

Despite these positives, other areas did suffer. The Microsoft Entertainment Division saw revenues falling from $3.25 billion to $2.9 billion and 13 per cent less Xbox sales.

There was also a drop for its online business, going from revenues of $609 million to $581 million, and its Business division slipped slightly down to $4.88 billion to $4.74 billion.

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