Cloud rise gives boost to US gi­ant Mi­crosoft

The Myanmar Times - - International Business -

US soft­ware colos­sus Mi­crosoft re­ported a slip in quar­terly profit but still topped ex­pec­ta­tions due to rising de­mand for of­fer­ings in the in­ter­net cloud.

Mi­crosoft posted a net profit of US$4.7 bil­lion for the fis­cal first quar­ter, down 4 per­cent from a year ear­lier, on rev­enue that re­mained flat at $20.5 bil­lion.

Mi­crosoft built its for­tune on pack­aged soft­ware but has made a pri­or­ity of of­fer­ing ap­pli­ca­tions as ser­vices hosted on­line and ac­ces­si­ble from a broad ar­ray of in­ter­net-linked de­vices.

The shift in strat­egy has been deemed vi­tal for the com­pany, as life­styles have shifted to mo­bile de­vices and ac­cess­ing cloud ser­vices when­ever de­sired.

Mi­crosoft is also among the US tech­nol­ogy ti­tans mak­ing a pri­or­ity of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence with the po­ten­tial to make on­line ser­vices smarter and eas­ier to en­gage.

Mi­crosoft is work­ing with Len­ovo to al­low apps such as Of­fice and Skype to be in­stalled on the Chi­nese com­puter ti­tan’s mo­bile de­vices pow­ered by An­droid soft­ware.

The firms plan to add to the ranks of peo­ple us­ing Mi­crosoft pro­grams as ser­vices hosted in the in­ter­net cloud.

Mi­crosoft and leading An­droid smart­phone maker Sam­sung an­nounced a deal last year to bring the US com­pany’s soft­ware to smart­phone and tablets made by the South Korean firm. –

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