Sales at Microsoft's entertainment and devices division, which includes its Windows Phone handsets, has increased by 15% in its second quarter results.
The technology company posted its results for the three months to 31 December last night (19 January). As well as Windows Phones, the entertainment and devices division also includes the Xbox 360 games console. Sales were $4.24bn, up 15% on the same period in 2011.
Microsoft COO Kevin Turner said: 'In addition to the continued strength of our commercial business, this holiday season was the strongest in Microsoft history, thanks to good sales execution and compelling products like Xbox 360 and Kinect. We are seeing a lot of excitement for new devices, from Windows 7 Ultrabooks to new Windows Phones, as well as growing anticipation for Windows 8.'
Overall, the company had sales of $20.89bn, up 5% on the same period last year. Net income was down marginally, from $6.63bn to $6.62bn.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said: 'We delivered solid financial results, even as we prepare for a launch year that will accelerate many of our key products and services. Coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show, we’re seeing very positive reviews for our new phones and PCs, and a strong response to our new Metro style design that will unify consumer experiences across our phones, PCs, tablets, and television in 2012.'