The New York Times > Business > Business Special > Microsoft Earnings Meet Expectations Despite Modest Sales: "The fastest-growing large business for Microsoft is its server software that powers corporate networks, databases and e-mail message systems. The server software business grew 12 percent in the quarter, to $2.4 billion, making it the 11th consecutive quarter that the business has recorded double-digit growth. 'That is the engine that is moving the company now,' said Charles di Bona, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Company.
Microsoft's Windows personal computer operating system business grew 2 percent, to $3 billion. Microsoft sells Windows on all but a fraction of new personal computers sold. Shipments of personal computers rose about 10 percent in the quarter. "