Microsoft profits surge thanks to Windows 7

One-time lord of all it surveyed, Microsoft, is still kicking about and still making money. It's easy to overlook the Vole these days, what with that screaming upstart Google nicking all the headlines.

Second-quarter profit was up 60 per cent in Redmond, to a mere $6.66 billion, or 74 cents a share. This on revenue $19 billion, up 14 per cent.

The company said it has sold more than 60 million copies of Windows 7 since October, making it the fastest-selling operating system ever.

Microsoft shares grew 57 per cent during 2009 and were barely impacted last night on the back of the results.

Increased PC shipments boosted the numbers along with the fact that consumers were no longer obliged to go with Vista.

The operating system cash cow helped prop up ailing sections of the company. Revenue from Microsoft’s business division, on-line services and Xbox adventures were all down.