Microsoft cites (what else?) strong cloud growth in Q4 earnings


Microsoft(s msft) just posted its fourth quarter results — its first since it completed the $7.17 billion acquisition of Nokia in late April. And, the numbers come out just a a week after Microsoft announced its largest-ever layoffs: 18,000 employees, or 14 percent of its post-Nokia workforce.

The pre-tax cost of that layoff is expected to range from  $1.1 billion and $1.6 billion for FY 2015 — and will likely show up mostly in the first half of that year, Microsoft said in a statement.

On the earnings call, CEO Satya Nadella said the company would focus on core cloud OS and device experience going forward. He also touched on the layoffs/reorg when he said that Outlook and Exchange are now one team; OneDrive and OneDrive for Business are one team and Skype and Lync are one team. And to that, one can only say “Amen.” It wasn’t unusual in the past for a person…

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