The successful launch of new operating system Windows 7 propelled Microsoft to record revenue in the fourth quarter of 2009, the software giant reported on Thursday.
Microsoft reported net income of $6.7 billion, a 60 per cent increase on the year prior, while revenue rose 18 per cent to $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 $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 $3.3 billion to $2.9 billion, while its Business Division's revenue also tapered from $4.88 billion to $4.74 billion.