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Microsoft sees earnings boost through new Windows

Microsoft's Q3 earnings rose 65% as revenues were boosted by sales of its new Windows and Office program, the world's biggest software maker said Thursday.

Net profit was $4.93 billion, or 50 cents a share, up from $2.98 billion, or 29 cents a share, a year ago. Sales rose 32% to $14.4 billion, the company said. That figure included revenue from upgrade coupons for Vista, which were sold over the year-end holidays but could only be recorded in the Q3. „This quarter marked the consumer launches of Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and we are delighted with the positive customer response these products have received,” chief operating officer Kevin Turner said in a statement. (