Wed, Jul. 20, 1:41 PM
- Hot on yesterday's earnings release, Microsoft (MSFT +6.7%) announces its new Bookings service, an application customers can use to schedule appointments with businesses.
- Businesses will have a unique web location where all communication and actions involving making an appointment will transpire.
- Features confirmation, reminder, rescheduling and cancellation capabilities.
- The service is in First Release presently for Office 365 Business Premium subscribers and will become available to Business Premium subscribers in upcoming months.
Tue, Jul. 19, 5:36 PM
Tue, Jul. 19, 5:08 PM
- Reported $0.69 EPS vs. $0.58 expected and revenue of $22.6B vs. $22.1B expected.
- Office 365 commercial revenue growth saw an increase of 54% while Office consumer products and cloud services revenue saw a 19% increase.
- 23.1M Office 365 consumer subscribers.
- Revenue for Azure, the company's enterprise cloud platform, increased by 102% with double the compute usage Y/Y.
- Revenue derived from Surface devices grew 9%, citing Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book as catalysts.
- Mobile phone revenue plummeted 71%.
- MAUs for Xbox Live grew to 49M, a 33% increase Y/Y.
- From CEO Satya Nadella: "This past year was pivotal in both our own transformation and in partnering with our customers who are navigating their own digital transformations. The Microsoft Cloud is seeing significant customer momentum and we’re well positioned to reach new opportunities in the year ahead."
- With the company conceding last Friday it would not meet its own self imposed deadline to have Windows 10 running on 1B active devices, today's report further highlights Microsoft's transition from traditional software sales models to an increasing focus on cloud platforms and services.
- Full release
- Conference call at 5:30 ET
- Presentation slides
- MSFT +2.95% in after hours trading.
Tue, Jul. 19, 4:09 PM
Mon, Jul. 18, 5:35 PM
Mon, Jul. 18, 3:44 PM
- The Xbox One S is set for release by Microsoft (MSFT +0.5%) on August 2. Pre-orders are now being processed.
- This redesigned and slimmer console will include 4K and HDR video support along with a newly modified Xbox Wireless Controller.
- A 2TB model is presently available to pre-order at $399. 500GB and 1TB models are planned for release in December at price points of $299 and $349, respectively.
Mon, Jul. 18, 1:24 PM
- Microsoft (MSFT +0.8%) launches Stream, a video product geared for internal business and commercial purposes. It is being reported as having a feel similar to consumer video offerings such as YouTube and Vimeo with like, comment and recommendation features although with added security necessary for enterprise use.
- Cases are being cited for internal organization communication use as well as training purposes.
- Corporate VP of Business Intelligence Products Group James Phillips tells TechCrunch the service may support speech-to-text, advanced translations, face recognition and live streaming at some point in the future.
- Enterprises will have the ability to flexibly and securely manage video rights and access.
- A Microsoft Stream API will also be available, allowing developers to build out new uses for the platform.
Mon, Jul. 18, 12:23 PM
Fri, Jul. 15, 3:20 PM
- Microsoft (MSFT -0.4%) claimed in April 2015 its Windows 10 operating system would be running on 1B active devices in two to three years.
- Today the company is revising that timeline and attributing the setback to weakness in its mobile division.
- In May of this year, Microsoft boasted 300M active devices running the software. A new schedule for achieving the 1B milestone has not been set.
Thu, Jul. 14, 1:08 PM
- A federal appeals court has overturned a 2014 order requiring Microsoft (MSFT +0.5%) to hand over materials stored on servers in Dublin.
- The ruling shields U.S.-based companies from warrants ordering requests for data stored outside of its borders.
- Microsoft is one of the first companies in the U.S. to dispute demands to turn over information stored abroad with briefs filed in support by multiple peers ranging from Apple and Cisco to Gannett and Verizon.
Thu, Jul. 14, 12:03 PM
- Microsoft (MSFT +0.8%), scheduled to report earnings next Tuesday after market close, has restated Buy and Outperform ratings from Nomura analyst Frederick Grieb and RBC Capital Markets analyst Ross MacMillan, respectively.
- $65 price target at Nomura, $61 at RBC Capital Markets ($53.86 current price).
- Nomura cites moderate PC shipment decline, high adoption rates of its latest operating system, a focus on Office, commercial and cloud solutions and lower than expected operating expenses as factors in its calculations.
- RBC Capital Markets cites impressive EPS growth in relation to mega cap competitors.
Mon, Jul. 11, 10:12 AM
- General Electric (GE +0.6%) and Microsoft (MSFT +0.6%) have announced a partnership that will make GE's Predix platform for the Industrial Internet available on the Microsoft Azure cloud for industrial businesses.
- The move isn't entirely new for GE (Predix was already available on Amazon and Oracle's clouds), but it's an important step for Microsoft, which wants to establish itself as the favored partner for big business.
Thu, Jul. 7, 9:07 AM
Sun, Jul. 3, 9:20 AM
- A bidding war with Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) forced Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) to pay nearly $6B extra last month to seal its planned takeover of LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD).
- Details of the frenzied bidding were revealed in a filing with the SEC ahead of a shareholder vote to approve the transaction.
- A month-long back-and-forth between the two rivals pushed the value of the all-cash deal to $26.2B, making it the third-largest acquisition in the tech industry.
- Previously: Bloomberg: Salesforce bid for LinkedIn prior to the Microsoft deal (Jun. 16 2016)
Fri, Jun. 24, 12:30 PM
Fri, Jun. 17, 4:07 AM
- As state after state legalizes marijuana in one way or another, big names in corporate America have stayed away entirely.
- But Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is breaking the taboo by announcing a partnership with Kind Financial.
- The company provides "seed to sale" services for cannabis growers, allowing them to track inventory, navigate laws and handle transactions, ensuring that they remain in the daylight of legality.