The New York Times > Technology > Windows, Boxes and a Halo Bolster Microsoft Profit: "But the brightest spot was Microsoft's server and tools business, which grew 18 percent during the quarter, to $2.52 billion from $2.15 billion a year earlier. 'The world is buying a heck of a lot of servers,' Mr. Connors said.
Revenue from the SQL Server product alone grew 25 percent, indicating that Linux, a free open-source operating system used to run many servers, is posing less of a threat to Microsoft's corporate business than people may think.
'Linux is an issue, but it's not the Microsoft killer it's made out to be,' said Charles J. Di Bona, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein & Company. 'They're holding their own.'"