The improvement reflects the absence of restructuring costs, compared with a dollars 110m charge incurred after Borland acquired Ashton-Tate, a struggling rival, for dollars 439m last year.
Earnings per share amounted to 0.26 cents against a 3.79p loss.
Borland said Quattro Pro, an enhanced spreadsheet package for use with the Windows program, had been in strong demand since its launch last month.
But fears of a delay in shipping Paradox, a new database package, led to a profits downgrading by US analysts. Alex Brown has trimmed its full-year earnings forecast from dollars 1.45 to dollars 1.30.