In the worst economy the US has seen in 70 years, MS is growing by outrageous rates and mostly due to sales of the most expensive operating system ever sold. Makes no sense. Licensing buoys Microsoft again - Tech News - CNET.com: Revenue grew 26 percent to $7.75 billion from $6.13 billion a year earlier. Sequentially, sales jumped from $7.25 billion in the fourth fiscal quarter.