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Microsoft's cloud-fuelled revival persists

Q2 earnings beat estimates, revenue from Azure more than doubles

CLOUD DOES IT: The gains add to optimism that CEO Nadella can revitalise growth by focusing on web-based services and productivity applications. The firm is also  slashing costs and focusing on Windows 10.


SATYA Nadella's turnaround of Microsoft Corp persisted in the fiscal second quarter, as more businesses bought cloud services and Internet-based tools like Azure and Office 365 from a company once mainly known for personal-computer software.

Revenue from Azure - Microsoft's...