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Azure sales and Xbox biz props Microsoft’s net profit at $4.99B

Microsoft has reported a profit of $4.99 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 (Q2 FY16), a 14.85% decline from $5.86 billion last year. The total revenues for the quarter stood at $23.79 billion, down 10.12% from $26.47 billion the corresponding quarter last year. The operating income of the company stood at $6.03 billion, a 22.5% decline from $7.78 billion last year. Here are a few takeaways from their earnings and call with analysts: Cloud business: Azure revenue grew 140% this quarter in constant currency, with revenue coming from new and existing customers. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella mentions that organizations like NTT DOCOMO, Honeywell, NASA's Jet Propulsion Labs, Dow Chemical and the UN Development Programme have deployed various solutions on Azure. “We are leading innovation in new Agile and DevOps workloads as well, with Azure App Services, PowerApps and Visual Studio Team Services, where we surpassed 3.8 million developer subscriptions” Nadella said. He said that its enterprise mobility solution customers have also doubled year on year. Increase in Windows 10 adoption: Nadella mentions that Microsoft crossed over 200 million active devices running Windows 10 this month. “More than 76% of our enterprise customers are in active pilots, including organizations like Kimberly-Clark and Alaska Airlines, and 22 million enterprise and education devices are already running Windows 10” he said. According to Nadella, Microsoft doubled its Windows Store paid transactions from PC and tablet customers during the holiday season. “Next, as we unify and grow the Windows 10 platform, we grow…

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