The 'death' of Windows 7: Microsoft to end support early next year
Microsoft still gets more than 15% of its sales from Windows
The older software’s expiration is also helping boost sales of the company’s Microsoft 365 bundle
Microsoft Corp.’s sales and profit got a boost from demand for Azure cloud-computing programs and internet-based versions of Office productivity software, lifting results above analysts’ expectations. Profit in the first quarter, which ended Sept. 30, rose to $10.7 billion, or $1.38 a share, compared with the $1.24 per-share average estimate of analysts polled by Bloomberg. Revenue rose 14% to $33.1 billion, the Redmond, Washington-based company said Wednesday in a statement, better than the $32.2 billion average prediction.