Microsoft’s Q2 impresses with double digit revenue gains for Azure, Office, Windows and Xbox

Kareem Anderson

Hours before reporting its second quarter financial earnings report, Microsoft’s stock had been trading low in anticipation of how the company did during yet another three months under a pandemic.

Fortunately, for investors, the pandemic continues to fertile ground for Microsoft as the company beat expectations yet again to the tune of $51.7 billion in revenue and $18.8 billion in net income for the quarter.

Some of the highlights for Microsoft’s Q2 for 2022 include the continued trend of Windows OEM revenue increasing by 25%, Xbox content and services showing 10% revenue growth, cloud growth of 26% and even Surface revenue coming back to life with an 8% increase for the quarter.

Microsoft’s Surface bump comes on the heels of the company’s decade mark for the product lines existence. Microsoft credits part of the revenue increase in the Surface division specifically to the Surface Laptop.

Per usual, Microsoft rode home on a 45% wave of revenue increase from its Azure cloud service.

Perhaps, most impressive this quarter for gaming is the 10% increase in revenue for Xbox Content and Services reported, following the huge $68 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

Part of the Xbox revenue increases was highlighted last week when Microsoft revealed that it acquired 25 million subscribers to its Xbox Game Pass and with even more titles added to the platform, the service should continue to be a bright spot for the company.

For more details and context, below are the investor’s notes:

Productivity and Business Processes

Revenue increased $15.9 billion or 19%.

  • Office Commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 14% driven by Office 365 Commercial revenue growth of 19%
  • Office Consumer products and cloud services revenue increased 15% and Microsoft 365 Consumer subscribers grew to 56.4 million
  • LinkedIn revenue increased 37% (up 36% in constant currency)
  • Dynamics products and cloud services revenue increased 29% driven by Dynamics 365 revenue growth of 45% (up 44% in constant currency)

Intelligent Cloud

Revenue increased $18.3 billion or 26%.

  • Server products and cloud services revenue increased 29% driven by Azure and other cloud services revenue growth of 46%

More Personal Computing

Revenue increased $17.5 billion or 15%.

  • Windows OEM revenue increased 25%
  • Windows Commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 13% (up 14% in constant currency)
  • Xbox content and services revenue increased 10%
  • Search and news advertising revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs increased 32%
  • Surface revenue increased 8%

For some contextual outlooks on Microsoft’s earnings OnMSFT used tools from to measure items such as financial analysis of cash flow, balance sheets, profitability, performance visualizations, company equity, multiples dividend yields and more in addition to the company’s own earnings statements.

Per usual, Microsoft is warning investors of some future-impact situations that will weigh on the stock in the coming months

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