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Update: Microsoft quarter rescued by Office, Xbox sales

Joab Jackson | April 28, 2011
Microsoft enjoyed strong income and revenue growth for its third fiscal quarter despite sluggish PC sales, with Xbox and Office doing well, the company reported Thursday.

Klein also anticipated that the company's recent partnership with Nokia will help bring more customers to Windows Phone 7, which is part of the company's entertainment and devices division.

"Together, Nokia and Microsoft will integrate with greater speed and provide enhanced opportunities for users and partners to share in the success of the new ecosystem," he said.

For the immediate future, however, Microsoft will be relying more heavily on gaming sales and enterprises to spur growth.

"We feel great about how enterprises are investing in IT, and in particular, how they are interested in our product suite," Klein said. "Customers are adopting the whole suite of products, not just the Office applications--SharePoint, Dynamics and Lync. And that provides long-term sustainable growth."


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