Shares in Microsoft are trading at their highest level in six years after first-quarter sales beat projections by more than $1 billion, thanks to sales of the Windows Vista software and the Halo 3 video game.
Steve Ballmer, chief executive of Microsoft, said the firm had lured customers to pricier versions of Vista and won new Xbox users with Halo 3, allaying concern that Microsoft’s growth depended on cracking Google’s dominance in internet advertising. The results revived...
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