Cloud business growth helps Microsoft log $28.9 B revenue


Riding on its growing Cloud business especially Azure offerings, Microsoft has reported a revenue of $28.9 billion for the fourth quarter that ended December 31.

This was up 12 percent from $25.8 billion in the same quarter last year.

The company reported operating income of $8.7 billion — an increase of 10 percent from last year.

"This quarter's results speak to the differentiated value we are delivering to customers across our productivity solutions and as the Hybrid Cloud provider of choice," Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, said in a statement late on Wednesday.

"Our investments in Internet of Things (IoT), data, and AI services across Cloud and the edge position us to further accelerate growth," he added.

Revenue in the Productivity and Business Processes was $9 billion that increased 25 percent.

Office commercial products and Cloud services revenue increased 10 percent, driven by Office 365 commercial revenue growth of 41 percent.

"Office consumer products and Cloud services revenue increased 12 percent and Office 365 consumer subscribers increased to 29.2 million," the company said.

Dynamics products and Cloud services revenue increased 10 percent, driven by Dynamics 365 revenue growth of 67 percent.

"LinkedIn contributed revenue of $1.3 billion during the quarter with sessions growth of over 20 percent for the fifth consecutive quarter," Microsoft said.

In December 2016, Microsoft completed the acquisition of LinkedIn, for which it paid more than $26 billion.

Revenue in Intelligent Cloud was $7.8 billion and increased 15 percent from the same quarter last year.

"Server products and cloud services revenue increased 18 per cent, driven by Azure revenue growth of 98 percent.

Enterprise Services revenue increased five per cent driven by Premier Support Services.

Revenue in personal computing was $12.2 billion and increased two percent.

Gaming revenue increased eight percent, driven by Xbox hardware revenue growth from the Xbox One X launch. Surface notebook revenue increased 1 percent, the company said.

Microsoft returned $5 billion to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends in the second quarter of fiscal year 2018.

"We delivered another strong quarter with commercial cloud revenue growing 56 percent year-over-year to $5.3 billion," said Amy Hood, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Microsoft.


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