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Microsoft passes US$100 billion yearly revenue and posts impressive fourth quarter results on strong cloud performance

Cloud revenue was attributed as playing a key role in Microsoft's strong fourth quarter results. (Source: Microsoft)
Cloud revenue was attributed as playing a key role in Microsoft's strong fourth quarter results. (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft has released a strong set of financial results for the fourth quarter of the 2017/2018 financial year and equally impressive results for the full fiscal 2017/2018 year. Growth was strongest in cloud services (matching the third quarter results), but gaming and Surface also showed good increases.

Highlights for the full year include revenue of US$110.4 billion (+14%), marking the first time Microsoft has reported a result of over US$100 billion. This was matched by an operating income of US$35.1 billion (+21%) with a net income of US$30.3 billion non-GAAP or US$16.6 billion GAAP.

“Our early investments in the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge are paying off, and we will continue to expand our reach in large and growing markets with differentiated innovation.” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft.

The fourth quarter had reported revenue of US$30.1 billion (+17%), operating income of US$10.4 billion (+35%), and net income of US$8.8/8.9 billion for non-GAAP/GAAP. The performance of Microsoft’s three main business categories is shown below.

Revenue in Productivity and Business Process was US$9.7 billion (+13%). Highlights include:

  • Office 365 commercial revenue was up by +38%.
  • Office 365 consumer has hit 31.4 million users (combined with Microsoft’s 1 TB OneDrive offering).
  • LinkedIn revenue grew by +37%.
  • Dynamics 365 revenue grew by +61% (relatively small product category).

Revenue in Intelligent Cloud was US$9.6 billion (+23%). Highlights include:

  • Azure’s strong revenue growth of +89% pushed the server products and cloud services revenue up by +26%.

Revenue in More Personal Computing was US$10.8 billion (+17%). Highlights include:

  • Windows commercial products and cloud services revenue increased by +23% due to the signing of a larger number of multi-year contracts.
  • Gaming revenue improved by +39%, with Xbox gaining by +36%.
  • Surface hardware revenue was boosted by +25%.
  • Search advertising revenue has increased by 17%, reflecting Bing’s growing market share in some regions — such as 33% in the USA.

Note: The growth figures for the financial year are compared to the previous financial year, while the quarterly growth figures are compared to the same quarter in the previous financial year.

(Source: Microsoft)
(Source: Microsoft)

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Craig Ward, 2018-07-24 (Update: 2018-07-24)
Craig Ward
Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.