Windows 7 sends Microsoft to record revenue

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Seattle, Jan 29 : The successful launch of new operating system Windows 7 propelled Microsoft to record revenue in the fourth quarter of 2009, the software giant reported Thursday.

Microsoft reported net income of USD 6.7 billion, a 60 percent increase on the year prior, while revenue rose 18 percent to USD 19 billion.

“This is a record quarter for Windows units,” Kevin Turner, Microsoft’s chief operating officer, said in a news release. “We are thrilled by the consumer reception to Windows 7 and by business enthusiasm to adopt Windows 7.”

The company said it sold more than 60 million Windows 7 licenses in the second quarter, making the operating system Microsoft’s fastest-selling in history. That helped the company’s Windows and

Windows Live division rack up USD 6.9 billion in revenue, an increase of about a third over the period a year earlier.

But Microsoft’s entertainment division, which includes its Xbox business, saw revenue fall from USD 3.3 billion to USD 2.9 billion, while its Business Division’s revenue also tapered from USD 4.88 billion to USD 4.74 billion.

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