Microsoft's fourth quarter results blew away expectations as commercial cloud revenue grew 36% and the company saw strong growth in Office 365, LinkedIn and Dynamics.
The software and cloud giant reported fourth quarter revenue of $46.2 billion, up 21% from a year ago, with net income of $16.5 billion, or $2.17 a share.
Wall Street analysts were modeling Microsoft to report revenue of $44.24 billion with non-GAAP earnings of $1.92 a share.
CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement the company was innovating well and driving "tech intensity" for its customers. Commercial cloud revenue in the fourth quarter was $19.5 billion, up 36% from a year ago. Azure revenue was up 51% in the quarter.
For fiscal 2021, Microsoft spent $20.7 billion on research and development, up from $19.2 billion in fiscal 2020.
A few recent Microsoft highlights:
- Microsoft outlines its new support plans for Windows Server
- Microsoft acquires privileged access management vendor CloudKnox Security
- Microsoft kicks off public preview of next version of SharePoint for on-prem use
- Microsoft starts testing Teams integration with Windows 11
- Microsoft reveals $31 per user per month price tag of one of the coming Windows 365 SKUs
- Microsoft rolls out visually updated Office preview, plus native 64-bit Office for Arm
- Microsoft: Windows 11 is a better fit than Windows 10 for this hybrid world
- Microsoft enables more Azure services to run anywhere via Azure Arc
By the Q4 numbers:
- Revenue in Microsoft's productivity and business processes unit was up $14.7 billion, up 25%. Office Commercial products and cloud services revenue was up 20%.
- Microsoft 365 Consumer subscribers ended the quarter at 51.9 million.
- LinkedIn revenue was up 46% fueled by marketing solutions growth.
- Intelligent cloud revenue was $17.4 billion, up 30%.
- More personal computing revenue as $14.1 billion, up 9%.
- Windows commercial products and cloud services revenue was up 20% in the fourth quarter. But Windows OEM revenue fell 3%.
- Surface revenue fell 20% in the fourth quarter.
For fiscal 2021, Microsoft reported net income of $61.3 billion, or $8.05 a share, on revenue of $168.1 billion, up 18% from fiscal 2020.