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Microsoft's Cloud Business Heads Skyward

Microsoft's Cloud Business Heads Skyward
The cloud is becoming increasingly important to Microsoft following the failure of its mobile phone activities.

(CCM) — Revenues from Microsoft's cloud division have skyrocketed over the past year as usage of its Azure cloud services doubled, the company announced yesterday. The news came as the company published its fourth-quarter financial figures, reporting revenues of $20.6 billion and profits of $3.1 billion for the period. Microsoft's Azure cloud business competes with cloud giant Amazon Web Services to provide cloud-based computing and storage from data centers all over the world, and in total, Microsoft has invested over $15 billion in Azure data centers. "The Microsoft Cloud is seeing significant customer momentum, and we're well positioned to reach new opportunities in the year ahead," said Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer at Microsoft. Azure was launched in 2010, and the company now offers Azure in 140 countries, including China.

The impressive cloud figures helped to overshadow a decline in the company's More Personal Computing division which includes its Windows operating system. That part of the business was held back by a 71% fall in revenues from the company's disastrous phone business, but more positive news included sales of the consumer versions of Windows up 27%, a 33% increase in the number of Xbox Live monthly active users compared to last year, and Surface sales including Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book tablets and laptop computers up 9%.

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