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Canada Convincing all along the line: Microsoft with strong figures - Microsoft shares open for the first time

15:20  27 january  2021
15:20  27 january  2021 Source:   finanzen.net

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The IT giant Microsoft has published in its balance sheet for the last quarter, which was decisively shaped by the Corona crisis.

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REDMOND (dpa-AFX) - Microsoft significantly exceeded expectations in the past quarter, thanks in particular to a strong cloud business. Sales rose in the second fiscal quarter ended December by 17 percent to 43.1 billion dollars (35.4 billion euros). Analysts had expected around $ 40 billion. Profit jumped 33 percent year-on-year to $ 15.5 billion, as the software giant announced after the US market closed on Tuesday.

Microsoft boss Satya Nadella geared the group to cloud services over the long-term core business with the Windows operating system and office programs - the offer of computing power and software from the network.

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In the "intelligent cloud" division, sales grew by 23 percent to $ 14.6 billion last quarter. A key factor in this was a 50 percent increase in business on the Azure cloud platform, with which Microsoft competes with Amazon and Google ( Alphabet C (ex Google) ). The number of private customers in the Microsoft 365 subscription offer rose from 37.2 to 47.5 million within one year.

In the area with Windows and hardware, there was a jump in sales of 40 percent in the business with the Xbox game console, in which a new model came out. Windows sales increased by ten percent. Microsoft only mentions the changes in many areas, but not the amount of sales. The income from the tablets and notebooks of the in-house Surface series increased by 3.5 percent to a good two billion dollars.

Last year it became particularly clear that a second wave of digital change is imminent, which will affect every company and every industry, said Nadella. For the current quarter, Microsoft expects further growth.

The Microsoft share gains 2.33 percent to 237.84 US dollars in pre-market trading on the NASDAQ. REDMOND (dpa-AFX)

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