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Commercial Cloud Helps Microsoft Log $32.5 bn in Revenue

LinkedIn revenue increased 29 per cent while Dynamics products and Cloud services revenue increased 17 per cent, driven by Dynamics 365 revenue growth of 51 per cent

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

Riding on stupendous growth in its commercial Cloud services, Microsoft logged a revenue of $32.5 billion — up 12 per cent from a year ago — and a net income of $8.4 billion for the quarter ending on December 31.

The commercial Cloud business registered $9 billion in sales for the quarter, for a $36 billion annual run rate.

“Our strong commercial Cloud results reflect our deep and growing partnerships with leading companies in every industry including retail, financial services, and healthcare,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

“We are delivering differentiated value across the cloud and edge as we work to earn customer trust every day.”

The revenue from Surface laptops increased 39 per cent. The company released Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 during the quarter, along with Surface Studio 2 and Surface Headphones.

Revenue in personal computing was $13 billion and Surface is now almost a $2 billion business for Microsoft.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivers the keynote address at Build, the company’s annual conference for software developers. VOA

“Our solid execution delivered another strong quarter, with commercial cloud revenue growing 48 per cent year-over-year to $9 billion,” said Amy Hood, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Microsoft.

The revenue in productivity and business Processes was $10.1 billion and increased 13 per cent.

“Office Commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 11 per cent, driven by Office 365 Commercial revenue growth of 34 per cent,” said the company.

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Office 365 consumer subscriber base has now hit 33.3 million.

Gaming revenue increased 8 per cent, with Xbox software and services revenue growth of 31 per cent.

LinkedIn revenue increased 29 per cent while Dynamics products and Cloud services revenue increased 17 per cent, driven by Dynamics 365 revenue growth of 51 per cent. (IANS)

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Microsoft to Increase Skype Group Members to 50

These features have been made available for beta testers on all platforms and are likely roll out more broadly later.

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Microsoft is planning to increase the maximum number of people who could be part of a Skype group. Pixabay

Software giant Microsoft is planning to increase the maximum number of people who could be part of a Skype group call from 25 to 50 members.

With this update, Skype is also enabling the audio and video buttons in larger groups to let users easily mute their microphones or turn their webcams on or off as per their convenience, Engadget reported on Friday.

Keeping the call ringing feature completely optional, Skype Version 8.41.76.55 would notify users of an incoming call by just sending a notification on the group.

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Skype is also enabling the audio and video buttons in larger groups to let users easily mute their microphones or turn their webcams on or off as per their convenience. Wikimedia

“When you start a call in groups, it will send a notification instead of ringing all the members, to not interrupt those who can’t join,” the company wrote in a blog-post.

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These features have been made available for beta testers on all platforms and are likely roll out more broadly later. (IANS)