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traynor
10-20-2016, 09:11 PM
"Microsoft's focus on cloud computing has helped it deliver better-than-expected quarterly profits, sending its shares to an all-time high. The software giant posted a $4.7bn (3.8bn) profit for the three months to September.

Chief executive Satya Nadella has focused on building Microsoft's expertise in cloud-based services amid slowing PC sales.
Shares rose 6% to $60.73 in after-hours trading. The previous high was $59.97 in December 1999, close to the peak of the dot-com boom, shortly before Steve Ballmer replaced Bill Gates as chief executive. When Mr Nadella succeeded Mr Ballmer in 2014, Microsoft's shares were trading below $37.

Changing environment
Investor confidence in Microsoft has been restored by focusing on mobile and cloud computing rather than its traditional Windows and Office businesses.

And Mr Nadella said the changing business environment meant this was paying off. "It's not just the Silicon Valley startups anymore; it is the core enterprise that is also becoming a digital company. And we are well-positioned to serve them," Mr Nadella said.

Revenue from Microsoft's Office 365 cloud service increased 8% in the quarter while revenue from its Surface tablet - pitched as a rival to the iPad - rose 38%."

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37724557

Business is business. And Microsoft does it well.

PaceAdvantage
10-21-2016, 01:11 PM
Investor confidence in Microsoft has been restored by focusing on mobile and cloud computing rather than its traditional Windows and Office businesses.

Mobile? Windows phone has hardly any market share compared to iOS and Android...are we talking about some other mobile here?

traynor
10-21-2016, 09:17 PM
I think the reference is more to direction and future intent than to present market share.

PaceAdvantage
10-22-2016, 08:50 AM
Are they even going forward with a Surface Phone? I heard that was being shelved but haven't been reading much about it lately...

forced89
10-22-2016, 08:54 AM
As a user (Windows) I hate Microsoft. If I were a stockholder, I would love the direction they are going. Their foray into the cloud is working and they are well on the way to making a heck of a lot more money out of Windows.

traynor
10-22-2016, 10:52 AM
Are they even going forward with a Surface Phone? I heard that was being shelved but haven't been reading much about it lately...

I think the intent is more ubiquitous business connection via phones than base-of-the-pyramid market share. Especially if subscriptions can be part of the connection package.

letswastemoney
10-22-2016, 07:17 PM
Any Microsoft software out there has a free alternative somewhere.