Microsoft has broken its own financial record with a 51 per cent rise in its first-quarter profits to $5.4bn (£3.4bn).
Revenues jumped 25 per cent and operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share all rose by over 50 per cent. However, part of this was down to a $1.47bn (£924m) deferral from the previous quarter relating to OEM Windows 7 sales.
"This was an exceptional quarter, combining solid enterprise growth and continued strong consumer demand for Office 2010, Windows 7 and Xbox 360 consoles and games," said Peter Klein, chief financial officer at Microsoft.
"Our ability to grow revenue while continuing to control costs allowed us to deliver another quarter of year-over-year margin expansion."
Klein described enterprise sector sales as "thriving" despite the first quarter being traditionally weak. Operating system and applications sales achieved double-digit growth, and Azure had a good quarter.
The small and medium sized sector grew by over 30 per cent, the company said, and the worldwide Microsoft reseller network grew by 15 per cent.
Growth in the so-called emerging markets was strong globally. Sales of PCs rose at three times the rate of mature markets, and sales in the US and European sectors were described as "stable and healthy". PC licences grew at around 10 per cent.
Requests on the Bing search engine nearly doubled, Klein said, and the Xbox console has outsold any other console for the past four months.
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