Microsoft Q1 reveals cloud wins amidst net income falls

A new financial year is well underway at Microsoft, with the first quarter 2023 financial results showing an 11 percent increase in revenue, (up 16 percent constant currency) to $50.1bn year on year. The net income for the technology giant, however, has fallen by 14 percent (down eight percent constant currency) amidst wider economic uncertainty and losses in personal computing pursuits.

Intelligent cloud saw a promising 20 percent revenue increase, reaching $20.3bn (up 26 percent constant currency), and driven by a 35 percent revenue growth in Azure and other cloud services (up 42 percent constant currency).

Revenue in productivity and business processes products and services was also up nine percent to $16.5bn (up 15 percent constant currency), with the largest gains made in Dynamics products and cloud services revenue, (up 15 percent, 22 percent constant currency) driven by Dynamics 365 (up 24 percent, 32 percent constant currency), and LinkedIn revenue (up 17 percent, 21 percent in constant currency).

Office commercial and consumer products and cloud services additionally saw a slight rise of seven percent each, driven by ongoing Office 365 gains.

More personal computing saw Microsoft take revenue hits, falling to $13.3bn (up 3 percent constant currency), namely due to decreasing revenue for Windows OEM (15 percent drop) and Xbox content and services (three percent drop). Increased revenues from search and news advertising (up 16 percent, 21 percent constant currency), devices (up two percent, eight percent constant currency), and personal computing commercial products and cloud services (up eight percent, 15 percent constant currency) prevented further losses in this area.

“In a world facing increasing headwinds, digital technology is the ultimate tailwind,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and chief executive officer at Microsoft. “In this environment, we’re focused on helping our customers do more with less, while investing in secular growth areas and managing our cost structure in a disciplined way.”

Amy Hood, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Microsoft, said: “We continue to see healthy demand across our commercial businesses including another quarter of solid bookings as we deliver compelling value for customers.”