Despite the economic downturn Microsoft's fourth-quarter profit has increased.
For the quarter ending 30 June, the company had profits of $1.53bn, or 28 cents per share, compared with $65m, or 1 cent a share, in the same period last year.
Revenues for the quarter were $7.25bn, a 10 per cent increase from last year.
Microsoft's chief financial officer, John Connors, said the reason for the growth was the sales of the Windows XP operating system and other desktop computer software.
He said the company had increased its sales to corporate customers despite the slowdown in technology spending.
Meanwhile, Microsoft's rival Sun Microsystems has posted fourth-quarter earnings of $20m - returning to profit for the first time since the downturn.
Sun earned $20m, or 1 cent a share, compared with a loss of $88m, or 3 cents a share, in the same period a year ago.
Revenues were $3.4bn, down 16.8 per cent from $4bn reported a year ago. Scott McNealy, Sun's chief executive, told Reuters: "We stated a goal of reporting a profit this quarter and we achieved that goal."
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