Friday, January 27, 2006 - Microsoft's Server Software Lifts Profit by 5.4% - Microsoft's Server Software Lifts Profit by 5.4%: "The results are a sign that Microsoft is successfully navigating a year of major transition as it phases in a broad array of new products, including the Xbox 360 videogame console and software for server computers. The strength of the server group is also reassuring as sales of PC software will likely slow ahead of the launch of new versions of the Windows operating system and Office software in the second half of the calendar year.
Sales of the SQL Server database product were a standout in the quarter, rising 20% from a year earlier and helping drive overall sales for the Server and Tools division up 14% to $2.9 billion. Operating income for the group hit $1.1 billion, a 16% increase from the same period a year ago."

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