- Revenue for the company's servers and tools products, which form the backbone of enterprise networks and private clouds, jumped 11%, as the unit's income improved 17%.
- At the business division, which earns most of its sales from Microsoft Office, sales rose 2.8% as profit climbed 1.6%.
- Sales at the entertainment-and-devices business, which houses the top-selling Xbox video game console--advanced 15%.
- In online services, revenue climbed 10%. Microsoft has invested heavily in the unit, launching a splashy advertising blitz last year to promote Bing, which is the second-most-popular search engine in the U.S. behind Google, according to comScore Inc.
We also wrote recently on our perceptions about Windows 8, which if successful should begin a meaningful cycle of laptop replacement for machines that can optimize the new operating system.
The stock has had a terrific run off the financial crisis low of $16 or so, but it continues to bear watching.