Demand for the company’s software for corporate databases and servers grew strongly, with sales up 17 percent, to $2.5 billion. Sales of Xbox game consoles, software and online game subscriptions jumped 70 percent, to more than $1 billion. Those two businesses accounted for most of Microsoft’s revenue growth in the quarter, the first in the company’s 2007 fiscal year.
The Xbox 360 machines went on sale last year, and six million have been sold worldwide. Software sales are going well, and Microsoft’s online game service, Xbox Live, has more than four million members.