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Microsoft’s Profits Beat Wall Street Estimates with AI Boosting Sales

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Microsoft’s Q3 revenue and profit surpassed Wall Street estimates, thanks to the growth in its cloud computing and Office productivity software businesses, with AI products stimulating sales. The Azure cloud business grew by 27%, surpassing analyst expectations, indicating that companies still see the value in cloud computing. For the most part, Microsoft’s financial results demonstrate that the vast majority of workloads can still be moved to the cloud. The software giant’s revenue rose 7% to $52.9 billion in the quarter ended March, just inching past analyst estimates of $51.02 billion.

Microsoft’s partnership with OpenAI and the improvement of the Bing search engine using AI technology have been making headlines lately. Bing now has 100 million daily users since the addition of AI features, outpacing Google. The AI technology was integrated into various products, and CEO Satya Nadella told investors that the company had over 2,500 Azure-OpenAI service customers.

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Microsoft also reported less severe drops in sales of its Windows business and productivity segment, which includes Office software and advertising sales for LinkedIn. The company’s productivity segment beat analyst expectations, with revenue of $17.5 billion versus estimates of $16.99 billion. Microsoft’s latest financial results are encouraging, given the gloomy economic outlook predicted for the Windows business, which heavily relies on PC sales that have sagged in recent quarters.

In conclusion, Microsoft’s impressive financial performance is a testament to the effectiveness of its AI integration in its products and the continuing relevance of cloud computing in the tech industry. With the company’s commitment to advancing AI technology, Microsoft is well-positioned to maintain its leadership position in the market.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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