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It has proven a happy New Year for Microsoft, with profits of $6.3bn (up 8 per cent on the year) in its second financial quarter – driven largely by increasing revenues from its cloud business. "Businesses everywhere are using the Microsoft Cloud as their digital platform to drive their ambitious transformation agendas," said …

  1. Paul J Turner

    Microsoft on Cloud 9?

    Don't let them hear you say that! https://c9.io/

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "Businesses are also piloting Windows 10"

      No they are not.

      Thats alot of free upgrades and disgruntled consumers....

      1. Anonymous Custard Silver badge
        Joke

        Re: Microsoft on Cloud 9?

        But soon the nagging will start and then there'll be a forced up upgrade to Cloud 10, at which point the whole thing will go tits-up.

  2. cambsukguy

    With all that spare money they could show Windows 10 Mobile some extra love and push super hard to make the system more orthogonal and more stable too perhaps.

    After all, it would benefit all Wn10 systems presumably.

    Go on, chuck a billion dollars at it, resurrect that 50MP camera unit even.

    A few tweaks here and there would make all the difference.

  3. djstardust Silver badge

    I'm amazed

    How a company that screws up everything they touch can make so much money.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I'm amazed

      Because there's a sucker borne every minute.

      1. aqk
        Coat

        Re: I'm amazed by the minute suckers borne

        Yes, but some of us are just borne too loose.

    2. Pompous Git Silver badge

      Re: I'm amazed

      I wonder how much they made in kickbacks from ISPs after forcing god knows how many W7 users over their monthly DL limit?

  4. Longtemps, je me suis couche de bonne heure

    GAAP is the better measure, non-GAAP typically spins the figures to look better

    Surely a journalist should quote GAAP rather than non-GAAP.

    If you insist on using the misleading non-GAAP figure, at least quote the GAAP figure as well.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: GAAP is the better measure, non-GAAP typically spins the figures to look better

      Making stuff look good in amazing ways is a full-time job!

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Using cloud or licensed to use cloud...

    Well, I can tell you I know 0 companies using Microsoft Azure but plenty have lots of EA points to spin up instances in the cloud. The problem, we don't trust Microsoft as far as we can throw them...

    Trust is earned, not given away or purchased...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I can tell you I know 0 companies using Microsoft Azure

      Well all that money has come from somewhere. Sounds like you're just out of the loop.

      1. J J Carter Silver badge

        Re: I can tell you I know 0 companies using Microsoft Azure

        El Reg reader's Nans not using Azure, ergo no-one is using Azure.

  6. J J Carter Silver badge
    Windows

    They're minting it!

    Unlike Linux Mint..;)

  7. Known Hero

    6.3 Billion in a quarter, It feels dirty thinking about such an obscene amount of profit.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Sure thing

    No Problem -- Charge them by the server count they moved off of and run their pokey windows apps on vms. IBM and EDS did the same thing back in the day with mainframe users.

  9. Paul J Turner

    Microsoft on Cloud 9?

    Don't let them hear you say that! Cloud 9

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