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Microsoft’s solid Q4 bolstered by strong Xbox, Surface numbers

The company’s strong financial performance in the Satya Nadella era is continuing apace.

Microsoft’s solid Q4 bolstered by strong Xbox, Surface numbers
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Microsoft’s stock is up after the company announced results from its June-ending quarter, which were driven by strong sales of its Surface devices and a surging Xbox business. Here are the bullets that tell the tale:

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  • Revenue was up 17% year-over-year to $30.1 billion.
  • Revenue from server products and cloud services was up 23% to $9.6 billion (analysts expected $9.09 billion).
  • Revenue from productivity products (consumer and commercial Office software and cloud services, LinkedIn, Dynamics products) grew 13% to $9.7 billion.
  • Gaming revenue increased 39% with Xbox software and services revenue growth of 36%.
  • Surface revenue increased 25% “driven by strong performance of the latest editions of Surface.”
  • Fiscal year 2018 revenue grew 14% to $110.4 billion; full -year operating income grew 21% to $35.1 billion.

Microsoft’s GAAP results include a net benefit of $104 million related to the Trump administrations’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. After closing the day at $104.40, the company’s stock price jumped to $106 in after-hours trading after the earnings announcement.

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Fast Company Senior Writer Mark Sullivan covers emerging technology, politics, artificial intelligence, large tech companies, and misinformation. An award-winning San Francisco-based journalist, Sullivan's work has appeared in Wired, Al Jazeera, CNN, ABC News, CNET, and many others.

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