Halo 3 helps boost Microsoft profits



By Richard Waters in San Francisco

Published: October 25 2007 22:24 | Last updated: October 26 2007 03:25

Microsoft shares soared to their highest level in more than six years late on Thursday as the software giant reported a surge in growth from its core desktop software products and raised its forecasts for the rest of its fiscal year.

The news that the latest Windows and Office product cycles were turning out to be stronger than expected, along with $300m in sales from a new version of the Halo video game, boosted the shares by more than 10 per cent in after-market trading.

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