Microsoft Delivers Another Monster Quarter

Analysis: Microsoft Earnings

Today, Microsoft announced that it earned a net income of $18.8 billion on revenues of $51.7 billion for the quarter ending December 31, 2021. Those figures represent gains of 21 percent and 20 percent, respectively, indicating that Microsoft’s pandemic-era boom is not over yet.

“Digital technology is the most malleable resource at the world’s disposal to overcome constraints and reimagine everyday work and life,” Microsoft chairman and CEO Satya Nadella said. “As tech as a percentage of global GDP continues to increase, we are innovating and investing across diverse and growing markets, with a common underlying technology stack and an operating model that reinforces a common strategy, culture, and sense of purpose.”

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Microsoft has three core businesses, Intelligent Cloud, Productivity and Business Processes, and More Personal Computing, and each experienced double-digit growth in the quarter.

Intelligent Cloud delivered $18.3 billion in revenues, a gain of 26 percent year-over-year (YOY). Azure and other cloud services revenue grew 46 percent in the quarter while server products and cloud services revenue was up 29 percent. And the Enterprise Mobility installed base grew 28 percent to over 209 million seats.

More Personal Computing delivered $17.5 billion in revenues and 15 percent growth. Windows revenues from PC makers jumped 25 percent in the quarter, Xbox content and services revenue grew 10 percent, and Surface revenue grew just 8 percent; still, that’s better than the prior two consecutive quarters when Surface revenues declined.

Productivity and Business Processes added $15.9 billion in revenues, and it experienced 19 percent growth. Office commercial saw a revenue gain of 14 percent while Office consumer revenue was up 15 percent, with the Microsoft 365 consumer subscriber base reaching 56.4 million seats with 19 percent growth YOY.

A few key takeaways related to the part of Microsoft I care about the most (More Personal Computing):

  • Microsoft called out Surface Laptop for driving the 8 percent revenue growth in the quarter. That is fascinating since Surface Laptop is the only major Surface PC that was not updated during or just before that quarter. One has to wonder what that means for the new products.
  • Gaming revenue grew 8 percent overall in the quarter, which isn’t a lot, but remember that Microsoft launched Xbox Series X|S in the year-ago quarter and inventory remains problematic. But Xbox hardware revenue was only up 4 percent.
  • The 25 percent growth in Windows revenues from PC makers includes 6 points of positive impact related to Windows 11. Windows commercial products and cloud services revenue was up 13 percent.

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  • madthinus

    Premium Member
    25 January, 2022 - 4:31 pm

    <p>The Xbox news is disappointing considering they launched late in the quarter a year ago. I guess if you break it down it could come down to a sales mix of more S this quarter vs more X last quarter. They had two bumper launches this quarter as well which does not seemed to have given them much of a lift. </p>

  • bluvg

    25 January, 2022 - 4:33 pm

    <p>"Intelligent Cloud was again Microsoft’s <strong>biggest</strong> business, with <strong>$15.9 billion</strong> in revenues</p><p>Productivity and Business Processes was Microsoft’s <strong>second-biggest</strong> business in the quarter with <strong>$18.3 billion in revenue</strong></p><p>More Personal Computing once again brought up <strong>the rear</strong> with <strong>$17.5 billion in revenues</strong>"</p><p><br></p><p>Biggest determined by net income for each? Or growth? Or…?</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      25 January, 2022 - 6:13 pm

      Revenues. Fixing that, thanks.

  • Calibr21

    25 January, 2022 - 5:52 pm

    <p>The 10% increase in gaming content revenue is pretty good considering they had a 40% increase last year and this year was bogged down by underperforming CoD and BF2042 sales. </p><p><br></p><p>It will be interesting to see if Sony posts a YoY increase. I’m suspecting no due to the CoD and BF2042 hit. </p>

  • spiderman2

    26 January, 2022 - 3:33 am

    <p><span style="color: rgb(7, 7, 7);">so let’s repeat</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(7, 7, 7);">"nobody needs a pc"</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(7, 7, 7);">"nobody wants/needs office, windows, surface and ms cloud services"</span></p>

  • blue77star

    26 January, 2022 - 8:22 am

    <p>Crazy how much money they make on Cloud which is cluster garbage, for example D365 which has nothing but problems and customers constantly yelling.</p>

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