Microsoft revenue gains blow past analysts' forecasts

Microsoft FY18 Q2 earnings: $28.9 billion in revenue backed by cloud, Office growth

Microsoft earnings: 96 cents per share, vs expected EPS of 86 cents

Other highlights for Microsoft include a 25% revenue increase in its productivity and business processes division, with Office 365 commercial revenue growing by 41% and the Dynamics 365 suite growing by 67%.

Revenues rose 12.0% from previous year to $28.92 billion, also topping analysts' view of $28.4 billion.

Office 365 saw 12 per cent and a 10 per cent bumps in for consumer and commercial use, respectively, while an 18 per cent year-on-year per hike in server and cloud services is better still. There are now 29.2 million consumer subscribers to Office 365, reports Microsoft.

Microsoft reported a net loss of United States dollars 6.3 billion or USD 0.82 per share for its fiscal second quarter to December, hurt by a USD 13.8 billion charge for the U.S. corporate tax reform.

Windows OEM revenue grew by 4% (4% CC) though, which is completely driven by Pro revenue increasing by 11% (11% CC).

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) reported on its second quarter of fiscal 2018 on Wednesday, posting encouraging results. Unfortunately, as we already reported, Surface sales were up only 1 percent, with only $1.3 billion in sales.

Results for the quarter included a $13.8 billion net charge related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Now commercial cloud revenue for Microsoft's second quarter was $5.3 billion, up 56 percent from a year ago. In comparison, Enterprise Services revenue increased by only 5%.

This came despite Xbox playing second fiddle to Sony in the console market, while Nintendo's Switch was the unexpected hit of the year. Intelligent Cloud revenue rose 15% to $7.8 billion.

Microsoft Corporation shares were trading at $95.01 per share on Wednesday afternoon, up $2.27 (+2.45%). Analysts and investors following Microsoft have wondered if Azure's growth would begin to trail off as the overall revenue number gets larger. "Strong execution from our sales teams and partners is driving growth across our businesses", says Amy Hood, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Microsoft. That's above the FactSet consensus estimate of $12.02 billion in revenue for More Personal Computing.

Gaming revenue grew 8% thanks to having the Xbox One X on the market for the three months ending in December 2017. Daily users increased just 2.18 percent compared to last quarter, the slowest quarter-over-quarter growth ever posted by Facebook.

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