Microsoft’s first-quarter results: Record, with help from Halo: Reach and Xbox 360

Issued just before the weekend, Microsoft’s earnings report for the first quarter of fiscal year 2011 (ending September 30th) showed some improving and encouraging numbers to say the least, with revenue totaling $16.19 billion USD, a record-breaking 25% increase over the same period last year.

The money-bearing pillars that are Windows and Office performed strong, but the mention of the Xbox 360 performing just as strong should be a bit of a meltdown moment for any gamer wanting to see the industry do better. The console’s growth reached 38%, “outselling every competing console in the U.S. for each of the past four months.”

Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division, in which the Xbox 360 is included alongside Zune and Windows Phone 7, showed a revenue totaling $409 million USD, an increase of 33% as compared to the same period in 2010.

And last but definitely not least, the latest installment in the Halo series, Halo: Reach, a game that unwillingly went for the virtually unbreakable record of Modern Warfare 2‘s sales, came up short but still managed to bring home $350 million USD in sales.

Following reports of astonishing Xbox Live numbers and estimated sales numbers for Kinect, we’d say Microsoft is enjoying a healthy existence at the moment.