Microsoft yesterday announced the highest quarterly revenues in its corporate history, reporting year-on-year sales growth of nine per cent to $11.84bn for the three months to the end of December.
Net income for the period increased five per cent year on year to $3.65bn, compared to $3.46bn in 2004.
Microsoft said that growth in its core businesses was healthy during the quarter, driven by the Server and Tools segment and Windows Client division.
Sales from the Server and Tools group grew 14 per cent year on year to $2.9bn at the end of December. Revenues in the firm's Client division came in at $3.45bn, compared to $3.2bn in the year ago quarter.
Income at the Server and Client divisions reached $1bn and $2.6bn respectively during the quarter.
The end of last year also marked the beginning of a new product cycle for Microsoft with the launch of the Xbox 360.
While the new console is understood to have been well received, Microsoft's Home and Entertainment division recorded a loss of $293m during the period.
The company put this down to intense marketing and product development expenses.
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