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Focus on Enterprise Pays off For Microsoft

Microsoft is unique from its peers as its cloud services were designed to serve the needs of large companies. This is particularly true with regards to Microsoft’s lead in hybrid cloud, which is attractive to many companies who are adopting cloud infrastructure for the first time, and who desire more flexibility than traditional cloud-only services can offer.

The company’s fiscal Q2 2020 earnings report today prove that Microsoft’s slow and steady focus on the enterprise customers is paying off. Operating income and net income were especially healthy, rising 35% and 38% on a GAAP basis, respectively, from a year earlier. Profits came in at $11.6 billion, and earnings-per-share of $1.51 were up 40%. Analysts polled by FactSet were expecting $1.32 per share on average.

The company is guiding for revenue of $34.1 billion to $34.9 billion in the fiscal third quarter, in-line with analyst estimates of $34.16 billion.

Looking beyond growth, this was also a banner quarter for Microsoft, who secured the Department of Defense’s $10 billion JEDI cloud contract. This contract will cover 1,700 data centers and move 3.4 million end users and 4 million endpoint devices off private servers and onto the cloud. Amazon is contesting the decision.

Read the full article published on MarketWatch here.

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