Microsoft Q4 Earnings: Dynamics CRM, Commercial Cloud bright spots

Microsoft has released its Q4 earnings and naturally, led with the bright spots. In particular, the Commercial cloud annualized revenue run rate now exceeds $8 billion.

Q4 revenues were $22.2 billion. Gross margin, operating loss, and loss per share for the quarter were $14.7 billion, $(2.1) billion, and $(0.40) per share, respectively.

These results include the impact of a $7.5 billion non-cash impairment charge related to the Nokia Devices and Services (NDS) business, plus a restructuring charge of $780 million. Still, during the quarter, Microsoft returned $6.7 billion to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends.

Azure, Dynamics up double digits


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About Dann Anthony Maurno

Dann Anthony Maurno is a seasoned business journalist who began his career as International Marketing Manager with Lilly Software, then moved on as a freelancer to write for such prestigious clients as CFO Magazine; Compliance Week;Manufacturing Business Technology; Decision Resources, Inc.; The Economist Intelligence Unit; and corporate clients such as Iron Mountain, Microsoft and SAP. He is the co-author of Thin Air: How Wireless Technology Supports Lean Initiatives(CRC/Productivity Press, 2010).

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