Riding on its commercial Cloud and Office business, Microsoft has posted $33.1 billion in revenue with $10.7 billion in net income (an increase of 21 per cent) for its first quarter of fiscal year 2020.
The tech giant returned $7.9 billion to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 -- an increase of 28 per cent compared to the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.
"The world's leading companies are choosing our cloud to build their digital capability. We are accelerating our innovation across the entire tech stack to deliver new value for customers and investing in large and growing markets with expansive opportunity," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement late Wednesday.
The company reported $11.1 billion in revenue for productivity and business processes -- up 13 per cent.
Office Commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 13 per cent, driven by Office 365 Commercial revenue growth of 25 per cent.
Revenue in Intelligent Cloud was $10.8 billion and increased 27 per cent. Server products and cloud services revenue increased 30 per cent, driven by Azure revenue growth of 59 per cent.
"It was a strong start to the fiscal year with our commercial cloud generating $11.6 billion in revenue for the quarter, up 36 per cent year over year," said Amy Hood, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Microsoft.
Office consumer products and cloud services revenue increased 5 per cent, with continued growth in Office 365 Consumer subscribers to 35.6 million. Office 365 commercial monthly active users surpassed 200 million this quarter.
LinkedIn revenue increased 25 per cent.
"Marketing Solutions remains our fastest growing segment, up 44 per cent year-over-year, as marketers leverage our community-based tools to connect with LinkedIn, nearly 660 million members," said Nadella.
Revenue in aMore Personal Computing' was $11.1 billion and increased 4 per cent. Windows OEM revenue increased 9 per cent while Windows commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 26 per cent.
Significantly, Surface laptop revenue decreased 4 per cent despite Microsoft launching new products in the category.
"Earlier this month, we unveiled our broadest Surface lineup to date, including two new dual screen devices coming next year. We are reimagining every layer with how we infuse AI from silicon up to device form factors and the role of operating systems to help people be more productive and creative in a multi-sense, multi-device world," explained Nadella.