Microsoft's Q3 results: Ups, downs (printed on tea leaves?)

Nadella and Microsoft: Busy staying put while trying to move forward

Microsoft's Q3 results are in
Credit: Stephen Glasskeys

Microsoft's Q3 financial results were officially reported yesterday. And as always, to mark the occasion, bloggers put on their analyst/numerologist hats and go by the numbers. Bloggers share the official profit and loss statements, adding a few statements of their own: Observations, opinions, and predictions of Microsoft's future.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers see both sides of Microsoft's coin.

Today's humble blogwatcher is .

Some things go better-than-expected for James Niccolai:

Microsoft has reported better-than-expected financial results for the quarter just ended, helped by strong sales of cloud services like Office 365 and Azure.

[Results] were hurt by the weak PC market, however, with sales of Microsoft's Windows and Office software both declining.  MORE

Matt Krantz compares Google to Microsoft:

One of the hottest rivalries in tech, Google (GOOGL) vs. Microsoft (MSFT), just swung in Microsoft’s favor in earnings season.

Meanwhile, Google missed...again. Google reported an adjusted quarterly profit of $6.57 a share, falling short of Wall Street's expectations.  MORE

But Mary Jo Foley enjoys comparing oranges:

With Amazon disclosing publicly for the first time its public cloud revenues as part of its latest quarterly revenues, many are wondering how Microsoft stacks up with Azure.

Making an oranges-to-oranges comparison between the the largest public cloud [vendors]...isn't straightforward.  MORE

Aaron Tilley tries swimming against the tide:

Global PC shipments declined 6.7 percent in the first quarter...according to...IDC. The PC market is expected to regain some strength when Microsoft releases...Windows 10, later this summer.

"We're focused on making Windows 10 the most loved version of Windows ever," said Nadella in the earnings call.  MORE

So Tom Warren launches a flagship to save him:

Microsoft has revealed it won't launch a new flagship Windows Phone until Windows 10 is ready for phones later this year. Microsoft sold 8.6 million Lumia devices in the most recent 18 percent increase over the prior year.  MORE

Read Nick Statt's piece on a desktop, tablet or smartphone:

[Changing its] business model means Microsoft has been forfeiting short-term profit to gain a foothold in what it considers the future of software in a world where applications...move across your desktop to your tablet and smartphone.  MORE

Meanwhile, Dina Bass bets big and doubles her money:

Microsoft commercial cloud run-rate is now $6.3 bln as that business doubled for seventh quarter in a row.  MORE

You have been reading IT Blogwatch by Richi Jennings and Stephen Glasskeys, who curate the best bloggy bits, finest forums, and weirdest websitesÖ so you don't have to. Catch the key commentary from around the Web every morning. Hatemail may be directed to @itblogwatch or Opinions expressed may not represent those of Computerworld. Ask your doctor before reading. Your mileage may vary. E&OE.

Shop Tech Products at Amazon