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'Cloud', Xbox help Microsoft beat Q1 earnings expectations

MR NADELLA: Says the Microsoft cloud offering 'empowers every business across every industry in every geography'

San Francisco

MICROSOFT on Thursday reported quarterly profits ahead of most expectations, as revenues got a boost from its Xbox consoles and Internet "cloud" services for enterprises.

Net profit in the fiscal first quarter dipped to US$4.5 billion from US$5.2 billion in the same