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The above graph represents Microsoft quarterly revenue by segment, starting from fiscal Q1 2015 to the most recent quarter. The company reported its financial performance based on these three segments: Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud, and More Personal Computing. Approximately 35.8% of Microsoft quarterly revenue in fiscal Q2 2020 came from its More Personal Computing segment. During the December 2019 quarter, Microsoft revenue from More Personal Computing increased a 1.7% YoY and an impressive 18.7% QoQ, to $13,211 million – the second-highest since fiscal Q2 2015 (CY Q4 2018).
Microsoft Segment Revenue by Quarter: History
|Source||Microsoft Quarterly reports, SEC Filings|
|Note||Microsoft financial year – from July 1 to June 30|
The growth was primarily driven by its Windows and Search advertising business. However, the company witnessed a 1.29% decline in its revenue from More Personal Computing segment when compared to the previous quarter.
Productivity and Business Processes revenue in fiscal Q2 2020 reached an all-time high $11,826 million. The 17.09% YoY growth in revenue was primarily driven by LinkedIn and Office Commercial and Consumer services.
Microsoft’s revenue from Intelligent Cloud increased an impressive 26.6% YoY in fiscal Q2 2020, to a record-high $11,869 million. The growth was primarily driven by Microsoft’s server products and cloud services.
About Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) is an American multinational technology company, founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975. The company is best known for its software products such as Microsoft Windows OSs, Microsoft Office Suite, and web browsers such as Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft rose to dominate the personal computer operating system market during the 1980-81 when it formed a partnership with IBM to provide MS-DOS (Microsoft Disk Operating System) for IBM PCs. This implied that for every computer sold by IBM having Microsoft’s OS, a royalty was paid to Microsoft.
On November 20, 1985, Microsoft launched Windows – a graphical operating environment that runs on MS-DOS.
On March 13, 1986, Microsoft had a highly successful initial public offering (IPO) for $21 per share. By the end of the day, the stock price had risen to $35.50, which made Bill Gates an instant multi-millionaire, with 44.8% of the company’s stock.
On May 22, 1990, Microsoft launched Windows 3.0. Interestingly, Microsoft’s Windows 3.0 became the first widely successful version of Windows, from the very first day.
Microsoft has made ten acquisitions worth over one billion dollars: Skype (2011), aQuantive (2007), Fast Search & Transfer (2008), Navision (2002), Visio Corporation (2000), Yammer (2012), Nokia’s mobile and devices division (2013), Mojang (2014), LinkedIn (2016) and GitHub (2018).
Microsoft recently overtook Apple to become the world’s most valuable company, clocking $1 trillion valuation.
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