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Microsoft reports better-than-expected revenue

Published 20/07/2016

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said the company was
Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said the company was "well positioned to reach new opportunities in the year ahead"

Microsoft beat industry expectations by reporting revenue of more than 22.6 billion US dollars (£17.25bn) for the fourth quarter of its 2016 financial year as the technology firm's cloud services continue to be popular with businesses and consumers.

Analysts had expected revenue to be around 22.1 billion dollars (£16.8bn), close to the figure for the same period last year. But a 19% rise in the company's Office products and cloud services for consumers - which includes familiar software such as Microsoft Word - enabled it to report better-than-expected results.

Microsoft also revealed that Office 365 subscriptions had risen to 23.1 million.

Chief executive Satya Nadella said of the figures: "This past year was pivotal in both our own transformation and in partnering with our customers who are navigating their own digital transformations.

"The Microsoft Cloud is seeing significant customer momentum and we're well positioned to reach new opportunities in the year ahead."

The latest results continue a trend of refocusing Microsoft's efforts on its services rather than hardware such as smartphones, a trend introduction when Mr Nadella became chief executive in 2014.

The latest results revealed the company's phone business revenue had declined by 70%, with no new Windows Mobile smartphone yet in sight.

However, the company's tablet and hybrid laptop business was up 9% on the previous quarter, as the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book continue to sell well.

Xbox Live, Microsoft's online subscription service for its Xbox 360 and Xbox One video games consoles, also reported a 33% increase in monthly active users over the last year, reaching 49 million.

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