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Revenue climbed 12 percent to $28.92 billion, beating analysts' expectations of $28.40 billion. Columbia Sportswear also intends to use Dynamics 365 and Azure to gain greater consumer insights and business intelligence through every consumer interaction, whether through its wholesale businesses, brick-and-mortar retail stores, ecommerce experiences or mobile channels. Sales in the quarter climbed 12% to $28.9bn, exceeding the average analyst estimate of $28.4bn.

Microsoft's quarterly profit has been hit hard after the software giant took a massive financial charge relating to a change in USA tax law. LinkedIn witnessed a growth of over 20% and contribution of $1.3 billion.

Microsoft reported that Server products and cloud services revenue increased 18% (up 18% in constant currency) driven by strong Azure revenue growth of 98% (up 98% in constant currency).

But factoring in a one-time accounting charge of $13.8 billion related to the Trump administration's new tax bill targeting corporate cash held overseas, Microsoft reported a loss of $0.82 per share.

Dynamics also saw strong growth, with products and cloud services up 10% (9% CC), and Dynamics 365 up 67% (68% CC).

Intelligent Cloud had revenue of $7.8B (+15%). The company's stock was up 2.45 percent in regular trading, but down about 1 percent in after-hours trading.

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CFO Amy Hood said Microsoft expects Surface sales to grow year on year over the course of the 2018, but said sales will likely drop on a quarter-by-quarter basis during the next quarter, with Q2 having been boosted by holiday sales. Analysts and investors following Microsoft have wondered if Azure's growth would begin to trail off as the overall revenue number gets larger.

Microsoft's biggest revenue generator of the quarter was once again its Windows, Xbox and PC businesses, a group it calls "more personal computing".

Looking at other hardware, Microsoft said that sales of its Surface products were largely unchanged from the previous year - despite the introduction of new hybrid Surface laptops.

Gaming revenue grew 8% thanks to having the Xbox One X on the market for the three months ending in December 2017.

CEO Satya Nadella highlighted Microsoft's investment in IoT, AI and cloud as key to the growth.


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