Connors said that Microsofts ongoing investment in research and development has resulted in a broad product pipeline, including upcoming releases of Windows Server 2003, Visual Studio .Net 2003, Exchange 2003 and Office 2003. In a product group breakdown, Microsoft said revenue from its Information Worker division, which includes Office, Visio and project, was up 9 percent compared to the same period last year, driven by customer demand for Office XP.Revenue from the server platform grew 21 percent compared to the third quarter of last year, as demand continued for products including Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and the Windows 2000 Server family of products. Microsoft Business Solutions posted year-over-year revenue growth of 96 percent, benefiting from the inclusion of revenues from Navision, acquired last July. During the third quarter, Microsoft Business Solutions released the Microsoft Customer Relationship Management (CRM) product. "At the end of the quarter, we already had over 1,000 authorized partners and more than 150 ISVs for Microsoft CRM," Doug Burgum, the president of Microsoft Business Solutions, said in a statement. Latest Microsoft News:
Also during the quarter, the company announced the broad availability of the second beta for Office 2003.