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Vista Drives Microsoft’s Q1 Sales

Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft reported double-digit gains in revenue and operating income for its first fiscal quarter, the fastest revenue growth of any first quarter since 1999, due in part to Vista, the software giant said.

Revenue for the quarter, ended Sept. 30, was $13.76 billion, a 27 percent increase over the same period of the prior year. Operating income grew more than 30 percent to $5.92 billion compared with last year’s first quarter.

Customer demand for Windows Vista this quarter continued to build with double-digit growth in multiyear agreements by businesses and with the vast majority of consumers purchasing premium editions, said Kevin Johnson, president of the platform and services division at Microsoft.

During the quarter, Microsoft’s two consumer-focused divisions passed milestones with the successful close of the company’s largest-ever acquisition, aQuantive, and with computer game Halo 3 achieving the biggest entertainment launch day in history, the company said.