US based Microsoft on January 26th 2015 announced it’s quarterly results for the quarter ending 31st December 2014. Revenue for the quarter rose 8 percent YOY to USD 26.5 billion as against USD 24.5 billion a year ago. Revenue of this quarter includes USD 2 billion sales from the Nokia Smartphone business that it acquired last year.
Gross margin, operating income, and diluted earnings per share for the third quarter ending 31st December 2014 is at USD 16.3 billion USD 7.8 billion and USD 0.71 per share respectively. Gross margin for the quarter rose 1 percent YOY.
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Net Income of Microsoft has declined to USD 5.8 billion compared to USD 6.5 billion a year ago for quarter ending December 31st 2013.
Revenue for Commercial cloud computing products in which businesses pay to use online software housed in Microsoft ’s data centers, grew 114% driven by Office 365, Azure and Dynamics CRM Online, and is now on an annualized revenue run rate of $5.5 billion.
Microsoft has declared a cash dividend of USD 0.31 per common share for this quarter compared to USD 0.28 per common share a year ago.
“Microsoft is continuing to transform, executing against our strategic priorities and extending our cloud leadership,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “We are taking bold steps forward across our business, and specifically with Windows 10, to deliver new experiences, new categories, and new opportunities to our customers.”
Executive vice president and chief financial officer of Microsoft, Amy Hood, said “We remain disciplined in our approach to operational and execution excellence, balanced with investments that drive meaningful growth for the business while increasing capital return to shareholders”
For the same quarter ending 31st December 2014, Apple has reported a net profit of USD 18 billion, biggest quarterly profit in corporate history.
Now all eyes will be on the next version of Microsoft ’s flagship operating system Windows 10.
Financial Performance of Microsoft – in million
||Q2 FY2015 (in USD)(three months ended December 31, 2014)
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