Money money money

How much did you earn in the last three months? A few grand? Good for you. How does $16.20 billion sound?

That's Microsoft's record revenue for the first quarter of this financial year. What's more, a good chunk of it - $5.41 billion - was solid profit.

Microsoft had a rum few years after Bill Gates stood down as CEO in 2006, with the launch of Windows Vista not going well and Windows Mobile struggling against the iPhone. But since Windows 7 was launched last year, things have been going swimmingly - hence these great new results. Now, they've got Kinect for Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7, both of which are expected to do well.

We reckon it's only a matter of time before they take back their place as the world's most valuable technology company, lost to Apple earlier this year...

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