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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 Launches Smart Phonetic Keyboards for 10 Indian Languages

The updated keyboards have automatically been made available with the recent Windows 10 update

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In a bid to further allow users personalise their Windows 10 experience, software giant Microsoft on Monday launched smart phonetic keyboards for 10 Indian languages as part of its May 2019 update.

The updated phonetic keyboards have been made available in languages including Hindi, Bangla, Tamil and Marathi amongst others, the company said in a statement.

The keyboards would allow users to work in their preferred languages without having to purchase customised Indic hardware keyboards or stickers.

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FILE – A man types on a computer keyboard in this illustration, Feb. 28, 2013. VOA

The technology would let users input transliterated text using the existing keyboards and then convert text from one script to another, depending on the target language.

The new tools would not only help in making computing inclusive, but they are also expected to improve typing speed and accuracy in Indian languages by at least 20 per cent along with making it easier to make regional symbols like the Indian numerals easier to input, the company said.

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With this, the software giant moves forward in its aim to integrate virtual keyboards as part of its Windows operating system.

The updated keyboards have automatically been made available with the recent Windows 10 update. (IANS)